Coleen Rooney requested the release of contact information between Rebekah Vardy, her agent Caroline Watt, and a journalist for The Sun and it was approved by a Supreme Court judge in a preliminary hearing today. now.
Based on Mirror, Ms Justice Steyn said journalist Andrew Halls was the man behind one of the ‘so-called stinging articles’ on the defamation dispute, concluding that disclosure involving the journalist was ‘necessary’ and ‘comparable’.
Proceedings have been held to further consider issues surrounding witness testimony, document disclosure and pre-trial arrangements, which are scheduled to begin next month.
Rebekah, who is married to footballer Jamie Vardy, is suing Coleen for defamation for allegedly disclosing a “false story” about Rooney’s private life to the press in October 2019.
Vardy vehemently denies the allegations, and both WAGs have brought thousands of people in a lengthy legal dispute.
Ms Justice Steyn told the court on Wednesday that while she had allowed News Group newspapers to disclose about Vardy’s relationship with journalist Andrew, she had ‘failed to convince’ the forensic examinations Litigation was met to authorize disclosures involving eight other journalists.
She said she would give the full reason for her decision at a later date.
Coleen’s attorney David Sherborne began the hearing by filing a third-party disclosure request against News Group Newspaper Ltd, the publisher of the Sun.
He said this was the communication between Rebekah, Miss Caroline’s agent, and several Sun journalists, in which the two women were said to be “transferring stories or information concerning the parties involved. other”.
Attorneys claim Vardy believes any disclosure orders should be limited around the Coleen articles, but says this “ignores” his client’s case, which “is broader than just Ms. Vardy reveals stories about Ms. Rooney directly or through others under her direction.”
In his application, he asserted that Rebekah “has a history and behavior of leaking personal information about others in particular to the Sun newspaper and she is the one who leaked other people’s personal information.” .
Mr Sherborne also alleges that Rebekah took ‘deliberate steps’ to ‘avoid disclosure of information’.
He told the court this recently included having Rebekah’s experts download her data for inspection, but then “forgot the password he used to encrypt the document and he can’t remember it”.
“So that document is now lost to us as well,” Mr. Sherborne said.
The lawyer then explained his application for disclosure for allegedly ‘close links’ with Sun journalists as a ‘last resort’.
He told the court Rebekah argued that allegations she had a ‘long history and habit’ of providing information about relationships with others was ‘baseless and untrue’ and that she did not disclose the information. Coleen’s personal for The Sun.
Sherborne also denied providing the information through someone else, Mr. Sherborne said.
But the lawyer said the leaked messages allegedly showed Vardy ‘didn’t want to be seen as a leaker’, so Ms Caroline’s agent was a ‘failure’.
He claims to have a ‘pattern’ of discussion between the WAG and Caroline about the other’s information ‘then found its way into the Sun’.
News Group newspaper correspondent Adam Wolanski objected to The Sun journalist’s application for disclosure and said he feared she had “underestimated the scale of the mission she loves.” ask us to do it”.
“You can’t go wrong in that,” Mr. Wolanksi said, adding that this is a “highly intrusive process”.
He told the court an initial keyword search in the journalists’ email accounts returned 20,500 results, giving ‘some idea of the scale of the task’ the publisher would face. if a disclosure order is issued.
Hugh Tomlinson QC, also of Ms Vardy, said she was ‘extremely neutral’ about the request for documents.
“Rebekah Vardy has nothing to hide,” he told the court.
Coleen was dubbed “Wagatha Christie” when she went public with Vardy’s sharing of fake stories she had posted on her personal Instagram account with The Sun.
In November, it was reported that Coleen’s bill would be £537,000 while Rebekah’s was estimated at £838,000.
The latest preliminary hearing comes after Coleen lost her lawsuit to add Caroline Watt, Rebekah’s agent, to the libel lawsuit.
WAG’s attorneys previously claimed Vardy disclosed the information to The Sun directly or through her agent “acting at her direction or with her consent”.
An application to supplement the claim, which was opposed by Vardy’s attorneys, was denied by Justice Steyn, who ruled it was made too late and could delay the trial.
Last week’s two-day hearing alone cost Coleen £163,926 and Rebekah will face a similar legal bill.
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