Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy to have last minute crunch talks to avoid embarrassing 'Wagatha Christie' court battle

COLEEN Rooney and Rebekah Vardy will hold a last-ditch attempt to resolve their Wagatha Christie battle and avoid a high-profile trial.

The Wag turned detective in October last year and accused Rebekah of sharing stories from her personal Instagram account.

Lawyers today went head-to-head today in the first High Court hearing ahead of a libel trial next year.

Both Coleen and Rebekah are not in court today, with the latter pictured this morning arriving for Dancing on Ice rehearsals.

They have agreed to meet for one final attempt to resolve the case andavoid a £1million blockbuster battle played out to the world.

The court was told the offer of a stay until February 8 came from Rebekah, who brought the libel case in the first place.

Hugh Tomlinson, for the 38-year-old, told the High Court: "There's been some communication between the parties on the subject of directions.

"The parties have agreed subject to your lordship's views that there should be one final attempt to resolve this after the conclusion to this preliminary hearing."

But Coleen's lawyer says she tried countless times to speak with Rebekah to avoid a trial and believes it never should have gone to court.

David Sherborne said: "The time and expense on this litigation at a time of life-changing events for everyone could be better spent.

"But she has no choice."

Coleen's team today explained exactly what she meant in the Instagram post when she accused Rebekah of being the leak.

In the infamous post, Coleen, 34, said she posted a string of false stories via her Instagram account with restricted access to see if they appeared in the media, which they did.

She then said the fake stories had only been viewed by one person, and ended dramatically: “It’s . . . Rebekah Vardy’s account.”

Jamie Vardy's wife Rebekah, who was heavily pregnant at the time, denied the allegations and claimed several people had access to her account.

Court documents say Coleen accused Rebekah's account of leaking the stories, not the mum herself.

They state: "The source of the leaks of the Defendant’s private information was the Claimant’s account.

"The emphasis of “except ONE account” (with capital letters) and the final words of the post make clear that the responsibility lies with a particular account.

"As a result of this, a reasonable reader would conclude that there were reasonable grounds to suspect that the Claimant had leaked the information herself, but the finger is pointed firmly at the account, not the Claimant herself."

But lawyers for mum-of-five Rebekah accused Coleen of delivering "an unjustified and defamatory attack".


Hugh Tomlinson QC said: "We say the ordinary reasonable reader of social media is bound to come to the inevitable conclusion that Rebekah Vardy is responsible.

"She was the one who did the leaking.

"It is not the account doing the leaking. It's a person. The finger is being pointed at Rebekah Vardy as the villain, the person, the someone, the one person."

Mr Tomlinson also claimed Rebekah suffered "very serious and widespread hostility and abuse".

He said Coleen's accusation "leaves the reasonable reader in no doubt that the defendant is accusing the claimant of consistently and repeatedly betraying her trust over several years".

He added: "In fact, she did nothing wrong. Whatever leaks there were did not come from her."

Mr Tomlinson said the post featured "a build-up to the 'big reveal' of the identity of the person responsible".

He also mentioned Coleen's "detective work" as she sought to "find the true villain of the piece."

A judge will now have to decide the "natural and ordinary" meaning of Coleen’s post and set down the parameters for the women’s libel trial.

Justice Warby will deliver his decision tomorrow.

Coleen had reportedly wanted to avoid going to court, but after her legal team filed a 55-page document last month it indicated the showdown would go ahead. 

The papers show she stands by the accusations made on social media that Rebekah leaked stories about her to journalists.

She claims Rebekah had an "established history and habitual practice of providing private information to journalists and the press".

But Rebekah says in her written claim she "suffered extreme distress, hurt, anxiety and embarrassment as a result of the publication of the post and the events which followed".

The Wag also claimed she worried she would lose her baby and says she "continues to suffer severe and extreme hostility and abuse as a result of the post".

All the stories which were subsequently printed in The Sun were put to Coleen’s reps for comment prior to publication. 

The libel case at the High Court is due to take place next year.

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