REBEKAH Vardy broke down in tears twice today over a lawyer’s jibes – after the High Court burst into laughter when she failed to get the punchline of a joke.
The mum-of-five, who is suing Coleen Rooney after she was accused of leaking stories to the press, has faced a grueling day on the stand amid a trial dubbed “The Scousetrap”.
Adding insult to injury, she was forced to ask a judge what Coleen’s lawyer meant when he cracked a joke during the hearing. She was later seen reaching for tissues and putting her head in her hands.
Over the course of the day, Rebekah has been accused of lying after denying that she set up paparazzi to take pics of WAGs during the 2018 World Cup.
Coleen smirked and poked husband Wayne in the arm with a pencil as Becky faced claims she was untruthful.
Moments later, Rebekah was blasted for her “selective amnesia” after saying she hadn’t referred to herself as the “unofficial leader of the WAGs”.
It then emerged her agent Caroline Watt had admitted in texts she’d tipped off the press about Coleen’s 2019 car crash in Washington DC – while Rebekah was “distracted” by Gemma Collins “faceplanting” on Dancing on Ice.
But there was a moment of relief from the tension – for everyone else – when Coleen’s barrister David Sherborne asked about Miss Watt losing her phone in the North Sea days after she was ordered to turn it over to the court.
The lawyer asked her, “We know that Miss Watt’s phone is now in Davy Jones’ Locker, don’t we, Mrs Vardy?”
Rebekah, who was clearly baffled, then replied, “I’m sorry, I don’t know who Davy Jones is.”
As people in the room burst out laughing, the judge explained it’s an idiom for the bottom of the sea.
Despite the brief moment of levity, Rebekah left the witness box in tears following jabs from Mr Sherborne.
He had been grilling her over a fake post by Coleen about traveling to Mexico for a gender selection procedure, but confused the women’s names. Rebekah replied, “I didn’t go to Mexico.”
Mr Sherborne then sniped: “Is that your best point, Mrs Vardy?”
After complaints of poor form from Rebekah’s lawyer Hugh Tomlinson, Judge Mrs Justice Steyn rapped Mr Sherborne, calling his jibes “unnecessary” and telling him: “There’s not really enough time for those comments in any event.”
Shortly afterwards, the court was adjourned for a second time after Rebekah put her head in her hands and wept again as she said, “There’s been a lot of abuse.”
The day began with Rebekah claiming she had nothing to do with tipping off a paparazzi who took photos of WAGs on a night out in Russia.
Harry Maguire’s fiancé Fern Hawkins was among those angry over the snaps, taken during the contest in St Petersburg.
Rebekah told the court today it was actually Annie Kilner, wife of Manchester City and England defender Kyle Walker, who suggested they go out for a photograph.
A High Court judge heard today:
- Rebekah Vardy was accused of having “selective amnesia” as she denied dubbing herself the “unofficial leader of the WAGs”
- She was accused of lying about a “staged” photo of fellow wives and girlfriends at the 2018 World Cup in Russia amid claims she “orchestrated” it
- Instead, she said she was too busy washing her clothes in the sink of the hotel room during the tournament to speak with the press
- Coleen Rooney’s barrister then accused her of trying to distance herself from her “strong links” with journalists
- He suggested she’d sent Coleen “disingenuous messages” that she’d been hacked by journalists in a bid to “throw her off the scent”
- Becky also denied leaking a story that Coleen had been in a car crash in Washington DC – but admitted agent Caroline Watt may have done
- She said she hadn’t responded to a message from Miss Watt said “I did it” because she was distracted by Gemma Collins falling over on Dancing On Ice
- The mum-of-five wept twice after jabs from Coleen’s lawyer
- Mrs Rooney smirked and poked husband Wayne in the arm with a pencil as Rebekah was accused of telling untruths
- Outside of the courtroom, Peter Andre posted a video saying he felt “vulnerable” after the size of his manhood was discussed during the trial
Moments later, as he asked if she’d been in trouble with the Football Association’s family liaison officer, Harpreet Robertson, Rebeccah appeared to wince.
Mr Sherborne then asked why she was “pulling a face”.
Rebekah – who has claimed Harpreet took an instant dislike to her – replied: “Because it was Ms Robertson again.”
Harpreet said other members of the group felt they had been “set up” when the snaps were taken on the Russia trip, it’s heard.
Rebekah replied, “This is the first that I’ve heard of it.”
She was then accused of having “selective amnesia” after she denied calling herself the “unofficial leader of the WAGs” in an interview about a no-sex ban for players.
The article said England’s successful run in the tournament was down to Gareth Southgate “giving the lads the freedom to score – with their wives and girlfriends”.
I was too busy washing my clothes in sink at the World Cup to talk to journalists
It featured a picture of Rebekah naked and draped in the England flag, but she said the quote about her “leadership” was made up by her interviewer.
And she denied claims she had tried to “create attention” by speaking with journalists during the visit – because she was too busy washing her clothes in the sink during the tournament.
“I was busy with the kids and under so much stress,” she said.
“We even had to wash our own clothes in the sink at the hotel.”
The court heard the FA were “worried” about the wives and girlfriends “drawing too much attention” during the World Cup.
“If I’m being honest, I can’t remember that at all,” she said.
‘DAVY JONES HAS HER PHONE’
Mr Sherborne fired back: “Well, I would much rather you were honest, because you are in a witness box under oath.”
Her bruising cross-examination continued into the afternoon, when she admitted Miss Watt may have leaked a 2019 story that Coleen had been involved in a car crash in Washington DC.
After the frightening smash, Coleen had posted a picture of her badly damaged Honda on her private Instagram account, the court heard. She publicly told of her fury after the story was leaked to the press.
Miss Watt messaged Rebecca: “Such a victim. Poor Coleen … it wasn’t someone she trusted. It was me.”
Rebekah told the court today she hadn’t responded to the message because she was “too distracted” by Gemma Collins suffering a horror fall in Dancing On Ice.
Coleen unfollowed Rebekah on Instagram after the crash because she suspected her of spilling to the media. It prompted Rebekah to call her a “c ***” in messages to Miss Watt.
Before Coleen’s decision to unfollow, Mr Sherborne claimed Rebecca tried to “throw [her] off the scent with “disingenuous” messages claiming her Instagram had been hacked by journalists.
Rebekah said in a private message: “Oh my God. What the f *** is wrong with people?
‘Why have they taken that one of you and the kids and not of Wayne in bed? That would have been an even better one in their eyes. D *** heads. Hope you’re OK.’
He suggested Rebekah “knew the finger of suspicion” was going to be pointed at her.
“You knew perfectly well that you had been the source of this story through Caroline Watt,” he said.
“You’re trying to throw Mrs Rooney off the scent, aren’t you?”
The court has already heard Miss Watt is not fit to give oral evidence to the trial, and will not be quizzed.
However, it was said on Tuesday that she is likely the “conduit” for the alleged leaks.
Coleen and Rebekah have been at war since October 2019when Coleen publicly accused her rival of leaking “false stories” about her private life after a month-long “sting operation”.
The 40-year-old, who is married to striker Jamie Vardydenies the accusations and is now suing for libel.
Under English defamation law, the burden of proof now will be on Coleen to prove that her post was “substantially true”. The trial continues.