Rebekah Vardy has claimed that quotes attributed to her by the Information of the World in an interview about Peter Andre have been made up by the tabloid newspaper.
Vardy instructed the “Wagatha Christie” libel trial that the now defunct information outlet fabricated and exaggerated unspecified parts of her dialog. “There’s loads of issues that didn’t come out of my mouth, that have been misrepresented,” she stated.
The excessive court docket heard that Vardy deeply regretted agreeing to promote the story about her one-night stand with Andre to the paper in 2004. The unique article included alleged descriptions of the entertainer’s sexual efficiency and comparisons to a chipolata.
Vardy, 40, stated she was “was very younger on the time” and had not had any additional contact with Andre. “I haven’t spoken to him however I’ve despatched his spouse and him messages a few years in the past.”
She claimed she was pressured to promote the story to the Information of the World by her ex-husband, Stephen Clarke. Clarke has at all times strongly denied forcing his ex-wife to promote the story and received a criticism on this matter with the press regulator Ipso when the accusation was first aired in 2017.
Vardy is making an attempt to clear her identify by bringing the multimillion-pound libel case in opposition to Coleen Rooney after Rooney publicly alleged that Vardy leaked data from a personal Instagram account to journalists on the Solar.
As she completed giving proof on the fourth day of the trial, Vardy described the expertise of being cross-examined as “exhausting” and “intimidating” and stated it had left her feeling as if she had been “bullied”.
She stated she had had no possibility however to convey the case in opposition to Rooney. “I didn’t do something flawed and I need to clear my identify, not only for me however for my household and my youngsters.”
She denied intentionally destroying proof in WhatsApp messages and stated she “was having fixed panic assaults” when she made a backup that misplaced some probably key information.
Vardy was beforehand accused of throwing her former agent and greatest good friend Caroline Watt “underneath a bus” in a last-ditch try to shift the blame and save her case. Vardy has urged Watt might have been leaking tales from Rooney’s personal Instagram account to the Solar with out her information.
Underneath questioning from her personal barrister, Hugh Tomlinson QC, Vardy instructed the court docket she gave Watt the password to her private Instagram account when she appeared on the ITV present I’m A Superstar … Get Me Out of Right here! in 2017. This was as a result of she was not allowed to keep up her personal social media accounts whereas on the present, and it enabled the agent to view Rooney’s personal account.
Vardy confirmed she knew that Watt was Rooney’s personal Instagram tales and posts however stated she didn’t know the way typically and didn’t assume the agent was actively monitoring the account.
She additionally confirmed that she mentioned posts on Rooney’s personal Instagram accounts together with her agent within the information that her agent was speaking to journalists on the Solar about Rooney’s personal life. Nonetheless, Vardy insisted this was not proof that she was actively making an attempt to leak data on Rooney to the Solar.
At factors the courtroom struggled to grasp the workings of social media. Hugh Tomlinson QC, sporting a authorized wig, requested Vardy: “Is there a distinction in the way in which that tales and posts are displayed on the display screen on an Instagram account?”
The court docket has additionally repeatedly struggled to outline the emojis utilized in Vardy’s WhatsApp exchanges and what they imply. At one level the court docket mentioned her makes an attempt to leak a narrative on the drink-driving arrest of the footballer Danny Drinkwater to the Solar and her unique request for cost.
She denied making an attempt to hunt out Drinkwater’s house handle with a purpose to tip off paparazzi photographers, and Vardy learn out an emoji-laden message she despatched to the footballer across the time of his arrest. “What have you ever completed? Shocked face. FFS Danny. Crying face.”
Vardy instructed the court docket that her husband, the Leicester Metropolis footballer Jamie Vardy, was “fairly offended” about experiences that his then England teammate Wayne Rooney had urged his spouse ought to hold a decrease media profile.
Vardy stated she subsequently had a FaceTime video name with Wayne Rooney concerning the accusations and Rooney “stated it was a load of bollocks”.
Vardy strongly denies leaking tales about Coleen Rooney to journalists on the Solar. She instructed the she court docket she by no means had a private relationship with the Solar journalist Andy Halls – who wrote a few of the tales in query – and by no means went “for drinks or dinner” with him.
The trial continues.