Coleen Rooney tells court how she planned sting on Rebekah Vardy


Coleen Rooney has revealed in court how she meticulously planned her now iconic ‘Scousetrap’ sting on Rebakah Vardy after becoming suspicious of the rival WAG when she began ‘fishing for information’ when they weren’t even friends. 

The 36-year-old told the High Court in London her Wagatha Christie plot was not ‘plucked out of thin air’ as she took to the stand during the £3million libel trial between the pair, adding they had never been particularly close. 

Coleen’s sensational disclosure during her court battle with bitter rival Rebekah Vardy came as she discussed a story which emanated from a private Instagram post featuring Wayne and the couple’s children in pyjamas.

She explained she was upset when she saw a story she believed was based on the post.

Describing their relationship, Coleen said: ‘I’ve never had a drink with Mrs Vardy. We’ve never socially interacted. We’ve met on a few occasions at football but we’ve never interacted socially.

‘I’ve never picked the phone up to Rebekah Vardy. The only time I spoke to her on the phone was the day of the post.’

The now infamous post in question, which has led to the ongoing trial at the High Court, saw Coleen accuse Rebekah, 40, of leaking ‘false stories’ about her private life to the press. 

Rebekah denies leaking stories to the media and is suing her fellow footballer’s wife for libel, while Coleen is defending the claim on the basis her post was ‘substantially true’ and in the public interest.

Describing how her investigation began to gain momentum, Coleen said: ‘There were a number of things that added up with the others. I didn’t just pluck it out of thin air.

‘I suspected this person was having a relationship with The Sun so I googled it, looked at past articles and saw the connection between Rebekah Vardy and The Sun.

‘This thing was not just thought of overnight. I did think of it for a long time. As I’ve said I’m not one who just jumps on things.’

She said: ‘I was trying to get more information and put it together with the information I already had. I came up with Rebekah Vardy. There was no other person who my private Instagram who was in a position to give this information to The Sun.’


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