Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy’s legal case continued at the High Court today (Image: SPLASH/PA)
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Rebekah Vardy's legal team have asked for examples of her disclosing stories to the press before the Coleen Rooney fallout to be struck from evidence in WAGs' high court battle.
Mrs Vardy is suing Coleen over a tweet published in October 2019, that accused her Instagram account of leaking stories to the press – allegations the wife of footballer Jamie has strenuously denied.
Rooney, 35, said that a string of fake stories she planted, that were only visible to Vardy's account, made their way into The Sun newspaper.
In the latest round of their High Court battle today, lawyers for Vardy asked that previous examples of their client talking to the press be struck from the evidence record, claiming they are not relevant to this case.
Her lawyers argued that she was entitled to disclose information about herself and accused Rooney of leaking information to the press too.
Rebekah Vardy's legal team made a request to have evidence about her sharing stories with newspapers before Coleen Rooney's accusation to be struck from the record in their libel trial
In his skeleton argument David Sherborne, for Mrs Rooney, said the parts of the case Mrs Vardy wishes to have excluded include the allegation she had an 'exceptionally close relationship' with a specific newspaper which published the leaked stories complained of.
Mr Sherborne said Mrs Vardy had 'disclosed private information in the past' and had used her relationship with the newspaper and its journalists for the 'purposes of promoting or financially exploiting her public profile'.
He told the court Mrs Vardy also sought the quash the fact that the timing of positive coverage 'of her was strikingly close to the publication of other articles that contained private information from the defendant’s private Instagram' which were 'also leaked to the newspaper'.
Lawyers for Rebekah Vardy asked for the mention of sharing a story about her night with Peter Andre to be struck from the evidence
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Mrs Vardy also wants to exclude the claim it was her 'habitual practice of providing private information to journalists and the press to promote her public profile'.
And she wants removed the allegation she was the 'primary source for The Secret Wag' – an 'anonymous gossip column which disclosed private information about high-profile footballers and their partners including about the defendant'.
Mrs Vardy further wants to quash her disclosure of 'sensitive private information about her sexual liaison with Peter Andre' and 'confidential medical details about Danielle Lloyd’s pregnancy'.
In 2004 Vardy gave an interview with The News of the World where she opened up about a fling with Peter Andre and compared his penis to a 'miniature chipolata.'
Rebekah had a fling with Peter Andre before settling down with footballer Jamie Vardy
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Hugh Tomlinson, QC for Rebekah Vardy, told the hearing at the High Court in London there were few examples of Mrs Vardy's involvement with the press none of which were relevant to the case.
Both parties were well known and had 'relationships with the media', "So what?'' he asked.
"What has happened here is that the defendant has gone through the claimant's appearances in the newspapers, put two and two together and made seven. It's not true,'' he said.
Coleen has accused Becky Vardy's Instagram account of leaking fake stories about her to the press
In his skeleton argument Mr Tomlinson said the 'central issue in the case is whether it is true that the claimant was, over a period of years, regularly and frequently secretly leaking posts and stories from the defendant’s private Instagram account' and `thereby making public without the defendant’s permission a great deal of information about the defendant, her friends and family which she did not want made public'.
He said Mrs Rooney has suggested six real posts and three 'false' stories from her Instagram site ended up in the press and Mrs Vardy was the leaker.
Mr Tomlinson said: "These matters are all highly contentious and disputed.
Coleen and Rebekah pictured cheering on England at Euro 2016 before the fallout
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"The resolution of them is going to require both factual and expert evidence.''
Mr Tomlinson told the court many of the stories in which Mrs Vardy was alleged to have disclosed 'private information' were about herself.
She was disclosing `information about herself which she was entitled to do'.
He claimed Mrs Rooney had leaked information to the press too.
"We say there is a consistent pattern of leaks coming from the defendant,'' he added.
Vardy's legal team accused Coleen of leaking stories to the press
He said a five-day trial – without the issues Mrs Vardy wants excluded – would cost £273,000.
A nine-day hearing including the material will cost £475,000.
Both WAGs will have to be `cross examined' in court and each will last at least a day.
A data analyst wants £9,000 to examine computer and phono evidence.