Rebekah Vardy knew Coleen Rooney was "posting fake stories" to see if they would be leaked to the media, the High Court has heard.

Jamie Vardy's wife's Instagram account was accused of leaking "false stories" about Coleen's private life to the press in an explosive social media post in October 2019.

Rebekah, 40, vehemently denies the claims following a "sting operation" from 36 year old Coleen.

Mrs Vardy is now suing Wayne Rooney's wife for libel in a High Court battle which is expected to last seven days.

As the trial began with written submissions, Rebekah's barrister Hugh Tomlinson QC argue the "candid" WhatsApp messages previously heard in court between Rebekah and her agent Caroline Watt show that while "from time to time they did discuss ‘leaking’ information to the press", only one post was mentioned.

It was also argued the post in question was in circumstances where journalists already knew the information.

Mr Tomlinson added that that messages also show "that Mrs Vardy was aware that Mrs Rooney was posting fake stories in order to see whether anyone would leak them, as well as the fact that she had previously been a suspect".

Meanwhile, Mr Tomlinson QC also told the court that the evidence around Mr Rooney's posting of three "false" stories in an effort to identify the source of the leak was "flawed".

He argued that a Sun newspaper's article on Coleen returning to TV had "nothing" to do with the "so-called TV decisions" mentioned in one of three "false" posts by Coleen.

Mr Tomlinson said: "The post referred to I’m A Celebrity, the article referred to Strictly Come Dancing."

He added that "the idea that Mrs Rooney was going to go back into TV" had been repeated by a number of news outlets "several times" across 2019.

He said: "Whoever put it out there, it hadn’t come from the fake post."

Rebekah and Coleen had previously attempted to settle outside of court, but were unable to. And Rebekah's barrister argued the I'm A Celeb star had "no choice but to bring this libel action to establish her innocence and vindicate her reputation".

He added in a written submission that Rebekah had "made strenuous but unsuccessful attempts to settle the case but the post was not taken down".

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And, following on from Coleen's allegation, Rebekah had suffered "abuse and threats".

Rebekah's barrister added she had been "jeered and heckled" at football matches and was "the butt of endless jokes and further accusations".

The trial continues.

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