Rebekah Vardy successfully has part of Coleen Rooneys defence thrown out of libel case
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Rebekah Vardy has been successful in her request to have parts of Coleen Rooney's defence thrown out of court as their libel case continues.
Coleen, 35, infamously accused 39 year old Rebekah's Instagram account of "leaking false stories" about her to the press in a social media post in October 2019.
Jamie Vardy's wife has vehemently denied the claims and has taken her fellow WAG to court in an attempt to sue her for libel.
High Court judge Mrs Justice Steyn has now dismissed a claim by Wayne Rooney's spouse Coleen that Rebekah showed "publicity seeking behaviour" as she sat behind her in someone else's seat during the 2016 Euro football tournament.
Mrs Justice Steyn has found that even if the allegation was true, it would still not help Coleen's case against Dancing On Ice star Rebekah.
She said: "The fact that a person seeks media coverage of their own attendance at a football match does not make it more probable that they would disclose private information about another person to the press."
However, Mrs Justice Steyn did rule against Rebekah on other parts of Coleen's defence and denied her bid for summary judgement.
Summary judgement is a legal step which would see that part of the case resolved without a trial, and would, in this case, refer to Coleen's claim that Rebekah leaked a story to The Sun about her returning to TV presenting.
At a hearing last month, Rebekah asked the High Court to erase parts of Coleen's defence, including allegations about the relationship she held with The Sun.
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Hugh Tomlinson QC argued the claims were "irrelevant or peripheral" to the case, and maintained that the focus of the hearing was whether Rebekah had shared the stories from Coleen's private Instagram page or not.
He addressed the court: "Even if it were established that the claimant has 'an exceptionally close relationship' with The Sun, that it gave her positive coverage, that she has a history of self-promotion or is the 'Secret Wag', does not mean that it is more likely than not that the claimant had regularly informed The Sun about the defendant's private posts.
"What has happened in this case is that the defendant has gone through the claimant's appearances in the newspapers, put two and two together and made seven."
Hugh went on to argue that Coleen herself also had a relationship with the media.
However, her defence, David Sherborne, insisted Rebekah's "exceptionally close relationship" with The Sun was an important part of the case.
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