Dan Walker urges Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney to ‘abandon’ libel trial

BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker has urged Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney to "abandon" their WAGatha Christie trial and donate any costs involved to charity.

Vardy was accused by Rooney of leaking fake stories about her in October 2019.

Rooney uploaded several fake stories to her private Instagram account in a bid to find out who was “betraying” her before revealing it on Twitter.

Wayne Rooney's wife shared a statement on Twitter, finishing it with the now-famous words "It's…. Rebekah Vardy's account."

Vardy, 40, denies the allegations and is suing Rooney for libel.

Day four of the trial will get commence today (May 13), with Rooney set to take the stand.

But Dan, who has worked closely with both Jamie Vardy and Wayne Rooney in his role as a football presenter, has now pleaded with the duo to stop the trial.

He told his 757,200 Twitter followers: "Do you get the feeling that everyone would benefit reputationally, ethically, morally and financially if they just abandoned the Rebekah Vardy vs Coleen Rooney court case and gave away all the fees, costs and potential damages to charity?”

Wednesday saw the trial have to be paused twice after Vardy broke into tears down while on the stand.

She began crying on the witness stand during questioning whether she leaked a story about a flood in Rooney’s house to The Sun.

The story was one of the fake posts Rooney said she put up to find out who was leaking her private information.

Vardy initially said: “I can’t recall seeing this one. I recall seeing one similar to the blueprints of the house. I didn’t understand why they would put blueprints of their property up for security reasons.”

Mr Sherborne said: “Your solicitors admitted, because you told them, that you had seen the flooded basement post.

“But a moment ago you told us now, some two-and-a-half years after the event, that you don’t recall seeing the flooded basement post.”

Beginning to cry, Vardy said: “There was a lot of abuse during that time.”

Her position now is that she does not recall the post, the court heard.

The trial continues.

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