Rebekah Vardy skips first Coleen Rooney trial hearing for DOI training
Rebekah Vardy arrived for Dancing On Ice training in Nottingham, ahead of the first hearing in her libel trial against Coleen Rooney.
The 38-year-old will not be present at the preliminary hearing at London’s Royal Courts of Justice this morning, with the WAG instead choosing to focus on her training for ITV’s Dancing On Ice, which is set to begin in the new year.
Rebekah was seen pulling a carry case as she arrived at the National Ice Centre, and wore a parka with a furry hood.
The mother-of-five held her hood over her face and was seen carrying a small bottle of juice into training.
She was followed by her skating partner Andy Buchanan, who arrived carrying two cups of coffee.
It is expected that Coleen Rooney will also be absent from this morning’s hearing.
At the hearing, Mr Justice Warby will be asked to determine the ‘natural and ordinary’ meaning of Coleen’s posts on Instagram and Twitter which accused Rebekah of leaking stories to the press.
In October 2019, Coleen, 34, revealed her ruse to expose a friend who she believed was leaking fake stories to the press.
On social media, the mum-of-four wrote: ‘For a few years now someone I trusted to follow me on my personal Instagram account has been consistently informing The Sun newspaper of my private posts and stories.
‘There has been so much information given to them about me, my friends and my family – all without my permission or knowledge. After a long time of trying to figure out who it could be, for various reasons, I had a suspicion.
‘To try and prove this, I came up with an idea. I blocked everyone from viewing my Instagram stories except ONE account. (Those on my private account must have been wondering why I haven’t had stories on there for a while.)
‘Over the past five months I have posted a series of false stories if they made their way into the Sun newspaper. And you know what, they did! The story about gender selection in Mexico, the story about returning to TV and then the latest story about the basement flooding in my new house.
‘It’s been tough keeping it to myself and not making any comment at all, especially when the stories have been leaked, however I had to. Now I know for certain which account/individual it’s come from.
‘I have saved and screenshotted all the original stories which clearly show just one person has viewed them. It’s…… Rebekah Vardy’s account.’
Rebekah denied the allegations and in June this year, she filed a defamation lawsuit against Coleen.
Her lawyers argue that the meaning of Coleen’s posts was that she had ‘consistently and repeatedly betrayed the defendant’s trust over several years by leaking the defendant’s private and personal Instagram posts and stories for publication in The Sun’.
In her written claim filed with the court, Rebekah said she had worried she would lose her baby because of the stress as she was pregnant at the time.
She ‘suffered extreme distress, hurt, anxiety and embarrassment as a result of the publication of the post and the events which followed’, her lawyers allege.
The star, who is married to Leicester star Jamie Vardy, also claims she ‘continues to suffer severe and extreme hostility and abuse as a result of the post’, including ‘a number of highly distressing publications on Twitter’ in June falsely alleging she was a new suspect identified in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Coleen, who is married to Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney, claims Rebekah ‘was in fact responsible for consistently passing on information about the defendant’s private Instagram posts and stories to The Sun’.
She also alleges ‘this was part of the claimant’s established history and habitual practice of providing private information to journalists and the press’.
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