Weeping WAG Rebecca Vardy yesterday claimed that Colin Rooney “armed” her supporters when she accused her of giving information to the press.
Ms. Vardy broke down in court, and the hearing had to be adjourned twice as she described the aftermath of Mrs. Rooney’s famous tweet “WAGatha Christie.”
They said they had betrayed her, adding: “This is … Rebecca Vardy’s account.”
The 40-year-old wife of Leicester City star Jamie Vardy said she was immediately showered with vile bullying and death threats.
She told the High Court: “She seemed to be using her base of supporters against me.”
The mother of five wiped away tears when she was accused of leaking private information about Mrs. Rooney, trying to destroy incriminating evidence and blaming her agent and girlfriend Caroline Watt.
Mrs. Rooney’s lawyer, David Sherborn, said Mrs. Vardy had betrayed Mrs. Watt by “throwing her under a bus.”
Ms. Vardy sobbed, “She was driven to suicidal thoughts by these lawsuits and the antics of the defendant (Mrs. Rooney).”
The footballer’s wife was twice taken out of court in tears during hearings and at the end of the day as she fought during Mr Sherborn’s cross-examination.
She told how she received a “stream of insults” and death threats a few moments after Mrs. Rooney’s post on social media in 2019.
She was seven months pregnant and feared she might lose an unborn baby.
Ms. Vardy is suing Mrs. Rooney, the wife of former England striker Wayne Rooney, for slandering her position, which led to her being dubbed “WAGatha Christie”.
She accused Mrs Rooney of deliberately provoking a furor, saying: “She knows exactly how aggressive and disgusting the social media community can be … she should have used her influence and reached out to recall the trolls. She didn’t. “
In a series of intense exchanges with Mr. Sherborn, Mrs. Vardy has been repeatedly accused of leaking information from Mrs. Rooney’s private Instagram account to The Sun and of lying in her testimony in court.
Mr. Sherborn asked, “Would you disagree, Mrs. Vardy, that if it looks like a leak and sounds like a leak – and you even use the word leak – it’s more likely than not a leak … that’s what you really are. a leak? ”
“No,” said Mrs. Vardy many times, nodding her head and wiping her eyes.
The lawyer claimed that she betrayed Mrs. Watt, expecting her to “do the dirty work” by contacting reporters and then trying to lay the blame on her.
He said, “You betrayed her by throwing her under the bus.”
Mrs. Vardy broke down, shook her head, and muttered, “It’s a joke.”
WhatsApp messages between Mrs. Watt and Mrs. Vardy were read by a court in which two women discussed messages in Mrs. Rooney’s personal Instagram account.
Ms. Vardy insists they were gossiping, and she joked about the leak, although she admitted that Mrs. Watt may have contacted reporters.
The 40-year-old Mrs. Watt was expected to be called as a witness, but the court ruled that she was now receiving psychiatric care and she was found too ill to testify.
Experts also failed to analyze her iPhone after she accidentally dropped it overboard while filming the Scottish coast while on a boat trip – a few days after the court ruled the phone should be searched.
Mr Sherborn said the episode was part of a “catalog of so-called unfortunate events” that affected the case.
The court learned that the screenshots and videos sent to the WhatsApp chat between Mrs. Vardy and Mrs. Watt were permanently deleted during the data transfer, and Mrs. Vardy’s laptop was thrown away after it stopped working.
Ms. Vardy has repeatedly denied that she deliberately removed potentially incriminating evidence and got rid of her laptop. She said she believed the reports would be “extremely useful” to prove her right.
Earlier, Mr. Sherborn accused her of “electoral amnesia” because of her recollections of events. She denied that she organized a paparazzi tip about a photo she took with other English WAGS – wives and girlfriends – during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
She and Mrs. Watt exchanged messages in which they seemed to be planning a photo, but Mrs. Vardy said it was just her photo.
The photo led to complaints from wags and at least one player, as English football bosses wanted media coverage to focus on the team and the tournament, not on wives and girlfriends.
In a message to Mrs. Watt, Mrs. Vardy said, “England will make her nut.”
Asked about an article about the Wags at the World Cup, Mrs Vardy said: “To be honest, I don’t remember it at all.”
Mr Sherborn replied: “Well, I would like you to be honest because you are in the oath witness box.”
The court also heard a message she sent to Mrs. Rooney in which she suggested that her phone might have been hacked.
She denied that it was an attempt to dispel her suspicions.
In an awkward exchange, she was also asked about an article claiming that Rooney’s marriage was over – while Mrs. Rooney and Wayne were sitting feet away from her.
Mrs. Rooney, 36, is expected to testify in the $ 5 million defamation trial.
She made rich notes on the testimony of Mrs. Vardy’s ex-girlfriend and reportedly signed a contract with Netflix to make a documentary about the trial.
The case continues.
Singer Peter Andre yesterday complained that for years he felt “hit after hit” after Mrs. Vardy compared his intimate parts to chips.
The quote was mentioned earlier in the case.
Andre, 49, who is said to have spoken to Mrs. Vardy in 2001, posted a video on the Internet claiming there would be “absolute outrage” if he mocked her anatomy.
He added: “I’ve been taking this for 15 years.”