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The first High Court hearing will reportedly take place later this month after Coleen Rooney's explosive Instagram post from October 2019 – which appeared to accuse Rebekah Vardy of leaking stories about her to the press.
And with the court case looming, a source has told new magazine that Coleen is starting to feel the nerves – especially after her barrister David Sherbourne's client Johnny Depp lost his libel case last week. Johnny, who is thought will have to pay millions of dollars in legal costs, sued a newspaper over an article that claimed he was a ‘wife beater’ and an abusive husband towards his former wife Amber Heard.
“Coleen hired her barrister because he was so high profile and regarded as the best in the business,” the insider revealed. “She knows he’s great at what he does but the loss with Johnny has only reaffirmed her fears that nothing is set in stone. It’s just made her feel even more nervous about going to court. There’s no guarantee this will go her way.”
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Coleen’s lawyer is no stranger to the spotlight, having also represented the likes of Kate Moss, Elton John, Meghan Markle and the late Princess Diana.
It was revealed back in June that Becky was suing Coleen for libel over their Wagatha Christie scandal. Becky hopes the legal proceedings will clear her name after Coleen claimed someone who was following her private Instagram account had been leaking information about her to a newspaper – something Becky denies.
The WAG said she had her suspicions about who it was and so she blocked everyone from viewing her stories apart from that one person in order to catch them out. Coleen then proceeded to post fake stories, including one about her going to Mexico for gender selection for herself and husband Wayne’s next child, to see if they would end up in the newspaper.
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Coleen said in her post: “It’s been tough keeping it to myself and not making any comment at all, especially when the stories have been leaked, however I had to. Now I know for certain which account/individual it’s come from.” It ended with the infamous words: “It’s………Rebekah Vardy’s Account”.
At the time of Coleen’s post Becky was heavily pregnant with herself and husband Jamie’s third child and Becky has said the stress of the scandal has put her in hospital “three times”.
The star called it “one of the worst things I had to deal with apart from being abused when I was younger,” and she has even received death threats. “I’ve been told that I should die, that my children should die and that my unborn child should die," Becky said.
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But with the court case just a matter of weeks away, the insider says Coleen’s husband Wayne never wanted things to go this far. They revealed: “Wayne never wanted anything to go this public, let alone to court. He supports Coleen 100 per cent but Jamie is his teammate and it’s awkward.”
The insider continues: “Even Coleen has said if she’d known that this would have gone this far, she may never have made that post. She just wanted to protect her family but now she feels like it’s turned into something bigger than she ever anticipated.”
And with Becky now fully stuck into training for Dancing On Ice and hoping to win over the public’s affections, Coleen is said to be terrified about everything being “dragged through the mud”. “She’s seen Becky training for DOI and feels convinced she’s going to do all she can to make the public love her,” the insider added. “She’s scared everything will just get dragged through the mud and worries Becky’s legal team will bring anything they can and use it against her.”
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