Wagatha Christie sketches suggest frosty mood between Rooney and Vardy

The trial is expected to last seven days (Image: Julia Quenzler / SWNS / Getty / REX)

The first legal sketches for the Wagatha Christie trial are here, show Rebekah Vardy en Coleen Rooney sitting next to each other for the first day of the slander case.

Vardy – who is married to footballer Jamie Vardy – was accused by Rooney in 2019 of selling stories about her personal life to the press.

Rooney – who shares four children with football star Wayne Rooney – shared three fake stories on her Instagram profile that year so only Vardy could view them.

Their suspicions were then supposedly ‘confirmed’ when things made the headlines, but Vardy denies being the one who sold stories about her ex-boyfriend.

Vardy is now suing Rooney for libel, with the pair appear before the Royal Courts Of Justice this morning in London.

If the sketches were anything to go by, the atmosphere in the courtroom was frozen as the women sat in the same row before Vardy took the stand.

The court sketches show the women sitting next to each other (Photo: Julia Quenzler / SWNS)

Inside the courtroom, Rooney joined her husband, who was sitting to her right.

The Elizabeth Cook illustrations show Vardy to the right, with both ladies wearing smart navy blue ensembles.

Vardy provided evidence in the high-profile libel case, citing her version of events following Rooney’s months-long ‘sting operation’, which led to the nickname Wagatha Christie.

After denying the allegations, Vardy sued the fellow footballer’s wife for damages over the ‘false and unjustified defamation attack’, with the burden of proof now on Rooney.

In her written evidence, Vardy said she believed Rooney had made her a ‘scapegoat’, stating: ‘I believe they did this in part as a way of trying to change the story in the press about Coleen as a doormat the charge of driving while intoxicated on her husband and the multiple charges of fraud. ‘

Vardy went to the stands to give evidence (Photo: Julia Quenzler / SWNS)

When he went to the witness stand shortly before 4pm on Tuesday, Vardy repeatedly denied leaking information to newspapers, saying to the court, ‘I’m called a liar and it’s not nice.’

Shortly after being asked if Vardy respected people’s privacy, Rooney’s lawyer David Sherborne then asked Mrs. Vardy about an interview she gave her about a sexual encounter with singer Peter Andre.

Mr Sherborne left what appeared to be an A3 copy of the article to Mrs Vardy in the witness box before reading the headline: ‘Peter’s hung like a little chipolata, cut off, slobbery, lasts five minutes.’

However, Vardy said she was ‘forced into a situation by my ex-husband’ to do the interview.

Mr. Sherborne later asked, ‘Do you feel particularly strongly about the magnitude of his masculinity that it would be made public?’

Man Wayne was on hand for support (Image: Julia Quenzler / SWNS)

Vardy replied, “It was something I was forced to say.”

The Dancing On Ice star was also asked to explain what the acronym ‘FFS’ means from one of her text messages.

‘I just wanted to be clear what you meant,’ asked Mr Sherborne.

Earlier today, Vardy’s lawyer Hugh Tomlinson told QC that she had to file a defamation claim to ‘confirm her reputation’.

He said in written submissions: ‘The accusation in the post was and remains false: Mrs Vardy had no information about Mrs Rooney or her friends and family after the newspaper The Sun leaked from her private Instagram account.

‘Mrs Rooney did not have the “uncontested” evidence she claimed to have: her so-called “care investigation” was nothing of the sort.’

The submissions went on to say: ‘If anyone had leaked information from Mrs Rooney’s private Instagram, this would not have been done with the knowledge or approval of Mrs Vardy.’

Vardy joined a naval ensemble this morning (Photo: Reuters)
Coleen Rooney wore a black suit and a medical boat after a foot injury (Photo: Reuters)

The lawyer also said that Rooney’s alleged investigation into the leaks was in fact a pre-determined blink operation with the aim of “looking out” at Mrs Vardy.

Mr Tomlinson acknowledged that the affair and the subsequent libel case had become the subject of intense press coverage and a source of ‘entertainment’ in the media, referred to as ‘Wag Wars’.

But, he says that ‘this is far from an entertaining case, it has been deeply disturbing and disturbing’.

The trial is expected to last seven days, and it is expected that both Mr and Mrs Rooney will provide evidencewith the author and TV star defending the claim based on truth and public interest.

It is also thought that Mr Rooney’s cousin and Mrs Rooney’s brother will take a stand on the case which is thought to have cost up to £ 3 million.

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