Coleen Rooney cuts a low-key figure as she steps out for a coffee… after branding Rebekah Vardy’s £900k legal costs ‘grotesque’ amid ongoing Wagatha Christie battle
The WAG, 34, wore a tracksuit with a black coat layered over the top while she scraped her back into a ponytail for her low-key outing to her local Cafe Nero.
She remained steely-faced during the trip which comes amid her bitter court battle with fellow WAG Rebekah, 39, who has slapped Coleen with a High Court libel court case over reported story leaking to tabloid newspapers.
Fury: Coleen Rooney stepped out in low-key style on Thursday, just hours after it was revealed that she branded Rebekah Vardy’s £900k legal costs ‘grotesque’
Rebekah launched her high-stakes High Court libel action after Coleen accused her in an October 2019 Instagram post of being the source of leaks to the media.
The court heard how peace talks between the warring women had broken down during mediation and the case was expected to go to a full trial.
It is is estimated that the loser in the case will be charged £1.5million.
Out and about: She remained steely-faced during the trip which comes amid her bitter court battle with fellow WAG Rebekah, 39, who has slapped Coleen with a High Court libel court case over reported story leaking to tabloid newspapers
Shock: Rebekah launched her high-stakes High Court libel action after Coleen accused her in an October 2019 Instagram post of being the source of leaks to the media
On Wednesday, a preliminary hearing heard that both women should try and settle ‘if they can’ as costs in legal fees continue to spiral.
If the case does go to a trial Rebekah’s budget to fight the case is ‘£897,000, the estimated costs of which are £465,842.
This compares to Coleen’ estimated costs in her cost budget of £402,312. Coleen described Rebekah’s budget as ‘grotesque’, while her lawyer said, ‘this has got way out of hand’.
Homeward: Coleen cut a low-key figure as she stepped out in her comfortable ensemble while grabbing a coffee and a treat and getting into her swanky Mercedes
Coleen’s barrister John Samson asked the court to ‘reject the claimant’s cost budget and ask them to review it because, in the words of my lay client, it is grotesque’.
Mr Samson told Judge Roger Eastman that the sums involved were ‘huge’, telling the court that ‘the claimant’s budget to date, including incurred costs, is double that of the defendant’.
Rebekah’s barrister Sara Mansoori said her client’s £897,000 budget ‘reflects the complexity, scope and scale of the legal and factual issues’.
She added: ‘Mrs Vardy’s cost budget reflects the very serious nature of the highly damaging defamatory allegation made against her – which continues to be published by Mrs Rooney.
Coleen and Rebekah are seen as they celebrate England’s win against Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis in France
‘It has caused enormous distress to Mrs Vardy and led to her being targeted by hostile and abusive online messages, as well as causing extreme upset and anxiety to members of her family.
‘It was necessary to take steps to seek to understand the allegations made by Mrs Rooney, which involved technical expertise, as well as to seek to resolve the dispute.
‘Regrettably this was not possible and further costs have been incurred in pursuing the claim to this stage.’
How Wagatha Christie row exploded from one Instagram post… to the High Court
October 9, 2019: Coleen Rooney accuses Rebekah Vardy of ‘leaking stories about her’ to The Sun.
Coleen famously wrote: ‘I have saved and screenshotted all the original stories which clearly show just one person has viewed them. It’s ……………. Rebekah Vardy’s account.’
October 9, 2019: Rebekah takes to her social media to deny being the leaker as Coleen’s post goes viral, while a Sun spokesman refuses to comment on the source of their stories.
February 13, 2020: Rebekah breaks down on ITV’s Loose Women, saying the spat was ‘one of the worst things I had to deal with apart from being abused when I was younger’.
June 22, 2020: It emerges that Rebekah has launched a case to sue Coleen for £1m.
October 02, 2020: Coleen files her 55-page defence and shares images of the Instagram posts she alleges Rebekah leaked.
November 20, 2020 Rebekah wins the first round of her High Court libel battle.
January 18, 2021: Reporters emerge that the pair will be holding a mediation session over Zoom.
February 4: The pair attend the mediation session, in their first meeting for years.
March 16: Mediation fails, meaning the case will go to a full trial some time before next April.