‘Wagatha Christie’ case: Vardy says Sun tried to leak Drinkwater story | Rebecca Wardy

Rebekah Vardy confirmed that she had tried to leak a story to a Sun reporter about the arrest of drunken Premier League footballer Danny Drinkwater – but she insisted it was a one-off.

As part of the continuation of the “Wagatha Christie” defamation trial, the footballer’s wife said that she sent information about Drinkwater’s night in the cells to her agent Caroline Watt, along with a message on WhatsApp that read: “I want to pay for this x.”

When Sun was told he had already received the arrest story from a police station source, Vardy said she was “angry that I didn’t give it to you earlier.” Watt replied that it would be a fortune 😂”And instead suggested finding out where Drinkwater lives and sharing information with the paparazzi agency Splash News.

Vardy told the High Court that she did not systematically leak stories to the media and that the idea of ​​asking the Sun to pay for the story was a “passing thought”. She said her real motivation in wanting to reveal the story was to expose the drunk driver to the public.

Vardy is suing the wife of his fellow footballer Coleen Rooney for defamation, and a weekly trial of several million pounds is under way in the High Court. Rooney has publicly claimed that Vardy leaked three stories from a private Instagram account to the Sun newspaper, an allegation that Vardy says is false and defamatory.

On the second day of the trial, Rooney’s lawyer, David Sherborne, continued to cross-examine Vardy, claiming that she regularly leaked private information to the newspaper.

Among other charges, the court heard Vardy talk about a famous celebrity and suggested that a “story about her stalking” be leaked. Vardy told the court she was joking and would not leak it.

Sherborne suggested that this and other examples show a pattern of behavior, where Vardy passed on advice to Watt who then dealt with reporters: “It’s not that you didn’t want to work dirty, but you didn’t want to be seen doing dirty work.”

It was also claimed that in 2018, Vardy leaked to the media private information about Leicester City teammate her husband Riyad Mahrez, potentially destabilizing the Premier League team. He was on “strike” at the time and was trying to force himself to leave the football club.

Vardy told her agent Watt: “Mahrez didn’t show up for training anymore, the guys are angry.”

Watt suggested contacting a Sky Sports reporter, but Vardy said she was concerned: “I just don’t want it back.”

Watt then said, “I can tell someone,” to which Vardy replied, “Yes, do it.”

Rooney’s lawyers say the exchange shows Vardy authorizing his agent to leak information about Mahrez and the feelings of the Leicester City player – and that the original source of the information could have been her husband Jamie.

Recalling that she was under oath in the witness box, Vardy insisted she was sure the subsequent story of Mahrez did not come from her or Caroline Watt: “I was gossiping about things that were already in public … It was an interesting story because it was it’s pretty unheard of for a player not to show up. “

Sherborne pressed Vardy to see if her husband was the source of the messages about Mahrez: “Did you know or didn’t you know the guys were angry?”

Vardy insisted she was just gossiping and had no source in the Leicester City locker room: “Jamie and I never talked about whether the ‘guys are angry.'”

Sherborne told the court that it is difficult to know for sure whether Watt sent messages to reporters because her phone – which he wanted to search – fell over the side of a boat off the Scottish coast: “We will never know because her phone is at the bottom of the North Sea.”

Rooney sat on the front bench in a wood-paneled courtroom taking extensive notes as Vardy testified. She was followed in court by her husband, Derby County manager Wayne Rooney.

The court also heard that Vardy gave Watt access to her Instagram account, which both women then used to view Rooney’s private locked posts.

At one point Watt noticed that Rooney briefly blocked Vardy.

The agent asked Vardy, “Honey, has Coleen stopped following you?”

Vardy replied, “Oh wow I just saw, wow, what a cunt. I’ll text her. “

The case continues.

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