British soccer WAG have launched into a full-scale legal war against each other over a social media post.
Coleen Rooney, the 34-year-old wife of former England and Manchester United sensation Wayne Rooney, was dubbed Wagatha Christie last year after announcing she had identified a mole who was leaking stories about her husband to the press.
She planted fake tales on a social media account only one other person could access. When those stories ended up in the British papers, she identified that person as the wife of fellow England and Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy.
Rebekah (Becky) Vardy is now suing for libel. In October, Coleen lodged her 50-page defence but overnight night the whole affair just got a lot more juicy when Becky hit back with a file of her own.
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The Sun reports that the 59-page legal document, names glamour model and television personality Danielle Lloyd and The Real Housewives of Cheshire star Dawn Ward were also privy to information on Coleen’s private Instagram account.
Danielle was once wed to former Tottenham star Jamie O’Hara and Dawn was married to former footballer Ashley Ward — who played for over a dozen different clubs in a long career.
Both WAGs were identified with others in the High Court papers submitted yesterday by Becky, 38. The pair are not said to have leaked information.
Coleen issued a veiled threat just three days before accusing Becky of leaking stories about her, court papers claim.
Becky says Coleen warned on her private Instagram account: “If you play games with me, I will play them harder.”
In the documents Becky says fellow WAGs Danielle Lloyd and Dawn Ward were both privy to information on Coleen’s private account — though she does not suggest either was in an way involved in the leak.
Becky furiously denies being the source of the infamous leaks. She accuses Coleen of “victim blaming”.
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And in a stunning swipe she rubbishes Coleen’s investigation, saying it lasted just five weeks and a day — not the five months suggested.
Her legal team says Coleen’s private Instagram account was accessible to 367 others at the time of the leaks, including journalists, publicists and pals with gossip columns. They included Danielle and Dawn.
Becky’s lawyers do not point the blame at Danielle or Dawn — or any of the 367.
Instead they ask why she was picked on. They insist: “The press are independently interested in the claimant and she is married to a famous footballer.
“She does not need to generate interest by trading the defendant’s or others’ private information.”
The file goes on to say mum-of-five Becky continues to suffer abuse as a result of Coleen’s accusation.
Becky and Coleen have until February 8 to hammer out a peace deal and avert a costly five-day trial scheduled for the summer.
This story originally appeared in The Sun and has been reproduced with permission