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23/06/2020 13:09 BST

Rebekah Vardy Launches Legal Proceedings Against Coleen Rooney Over 'Wagatha Christie' Saga

Rebekah has filed a claim for libel with the High Court.

Rebekah Vardy has launched legal proceedings for libel against Coleen Rooney over the so-called ‘Wagatha Christie’ saga.

The pair made headlines across the globe last year when Coleen alleged Rebekah’s Instagram account was the source of leaked stories about her private life in the press.

Rebekah vehemently denied she was responsible for the leaks, and said the row had caused her to have severe anxiety attacks and hospitalised her on three occasions.

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Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy

Court records have now indicated that Rebekah filed a libel claim with the High Court on 12 June.

In October 2019, Coleen – wife of footballer Wayne Rooney – posted a public statement on Twitter, in which she revealed that she’d blocked all but one of her Instagram followers, in a deliberate attempt to find out who had been leaking stories about her to the press.

After she ended the post with the line: “It’s… Rebekah Vardy’s account,” Rebekah issued a swift denial claiming that “various people” have access to her Instagram account.  

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Coleen and Rebekah pictured together in 2016

Rebekah, who is married to England player Jamie Vardy, later said an expert was working to discover who could have been behind the leaks.

No further details about Rebekah’s claim are available at this stage, and no date has been set for a court hearing.

However, the case will proceed to a trial unless a settlement is reached between the parties.