Wagatha Christie trial halted as Rebekah Vardy flees court in tears

Rebekah Vardy, 40, left the courtroom crying after a tense exchange with Coleen Rooney's barrister during their libel trial.

David Sherborne, for Rooney, 36, had been questioning Vardy about one of the fake posts Rooney posted on her private Instagram account as part of her Wagatha Christie sting.

Mr Sherborne misspoke and said it was Vardy who had "gone to Mexico to look at gender selection" to which she responded: "It wasn't me who went to Mexico, it was Mrs Rooney."

The lawyer said: "Is that your best point?"

Vardy's lawyer Hugh Tomlinson QC then stood up and said: "Mr Sherborne keeps making remarks and if the witness is in the box for a long time it can be unpleasant."

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Mrs Justice Steyn, who is hearing the trial, said: "It is unnecessary."

She added the court did "not have time" for the remarks and cross-examination resumed for a few seconds before she asked Vardy if she wanted a break.

Vardy nodded and grabbed a handful of tissues before leaving the courtroom for several minutes.

Before the brief recess, the courtroom burst into laughter this afternoon over Rebekah’s response to a question about her agent’s phone falling into the North Sea.

Vardy, who is married to Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, is giving evidence for a third day in her libel trial with Coleen Rooney.

Rooney, married to England star Wayne, accused Vardy of leaking stories from her private Instagram account in the now-famous ‘Wagatha Christie’ tweet in October 2019.

Vardy denies the allegations and is suing Rooney for libel.

The WAG was being asked by Rooney’s lawyer David Sherborne about an article in The Sun by Simon Boyle that referenced a picture of Wayne and his children on Coleen’s private Instagram.

The court previously heard Vardy’s agent Caroline Watt was unable to supply her messages between herself, Mr Boyle and another reporter Andy Halls.

This was because her phone had “fallen into the North Sea during a boat trip”.

Mr Sherborne asked Vardy: “That article refers explicitly to a post on Mrs Rooney’s Instagram account doesn't it? I put it to you that that came from you through Ms Watt to Mr Boyle.

Vardy said: “No, absolutely not.”

Making reference to the phone falling overboard, the lawyer continued: “The shame is Mrs Vardy, that Mr Boyle’s Whatsapp messages with Mrs Watt, just as with Mr Halls, are lying at the bottom of the sea in Davy Jones’ locker.”

Vardy responded: “Who is Davy Jones?”

As journalists and members of the public chuckled, Mrs Justice Steyn, who is hearing the trial, told Vardy: “It just means at the bottom of the sea.”

The trial continues.

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