Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy ‘set April 1 deadline’ in pending Wagatha Christie lawsuit

Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy have reportedly been given an April 1 deadline in their pending Wagatha Christie lawsuit.

The Sun reports that all parties have been given an April 1 deadline to issue key witness statements to each other – ahead of the start of the £1million Supreme Court defamation trial between the warring WAGs on May 9.

Rebekah, 40, is suing Coleen, 35, for libel after the wife of footballer Wayne Rooney accused her of leaking ‘false stories’ about the Rooneys in October 2019, following a social media ‘sting operation’. Rebekah denies the allegations.

Showdown: Coleen Rooney (pictured) and Rebekah Vardy have reportedly been given an April 1 deadline in their pending Wagatha Christie lawsuit

Last month, it was alleged that Coleen had allegedly hired a former Scotland Yard detective amid her pending Wagatha Christie lawsuit.

According to The Mirror, the WAG brought investigator Matt Blackband to her legal team after a judge called for the disclosure of further WhatsApp messages between Rebekah and her agent Caroline Watt.

Coleen’s move comes after the judge previously ruled in a two-day hearing that she would have to pay 20 percent of Vardy’s legal costs, expected to be around £30,000.

And as the case continues, ex-cybercrime detective Matt has been revealed to be fighting for Coleen, as revealed during the recent hearing that he had been named as her “digital intelligence expert.”

Battle: The Sun reports that all parties have been given an April 1 deadline to provide key witness statements to each other - ahead of the start of the £1m Supreme Court defamation trial (Vardy photo 2019)

Battle: The Sun reports that all parties have been given an April 1 deadline to provide key witness statements to each other – ahead of the start of the £1m Supreme Court defamation trial (Vardy photo 2019)

The Mirror reports that Matt has 30 years’ experience as an investigator, 21 of which were with the Met Police, while also helping to establish the multi-agency National Hi-Tech Crime Unit.

A source told the publication: “Coleen believes the damning WhatsApp messages revealed in court last week between Rebekah and her agent Caroline Watt were the tip of an iceberg.

Understandably, now that she has been placed in this position, she is leaving no stone unturned. She’s confident she’ll win the lawsuit if more evidence comes out.”

She's serious: Last month it was alleged that Coleen allegedly hired a former Scotland Yard detective during her pending Wagatha Christie lawsuit

She’s serious: Last month it was alleged that Coleen allegedly hired a former Scotland Yard detective during her pending Wagatha Christie lawsuit

While a legal insider said, “Matt is one of the industry’s foremost operators. He’s a great weapon to have.”

MailOnline has reached out to representatives for Coleen and Rebekah for comment.

Meanwhile, Rebekah will reportedly donate all of the money she wins in her and Coleen’s £1million ‘Wagatha Christie’ lawsuit to charity.

Amid news that Coleen will have to pay legal fees, the judge said Coleen’s bid to add her rival Caroline Watts’ agent to the lawsuit had been filed too late and previous opportunities to file the claim had failed. were used. The WAG also had to cough up £65,000 for Caroline’s legal costs.

Generous: Meanwhile, Rebekah will reportedly donate all the money she wins in her and Coleen's £1 million 'Wagatha Christie' lawsuit to charity.  (photo on Thursday)

Generous: Meanwhile, Rebekah will reportedly donate all the money she wins in her and Coleen’s £1 million ‘Wagatha Christie’ lawsuit to charity. (photo on Thursday)

Sources now say Becky plans to donate all the money she wins in the messy lawsuit to charities and is well aware that people are shocked by the rising costs of the lawsuit.

An insider told The Sun: “Becky isn’t stupid. She is well aware that bigger things are going on in the world right now, and people are shocked by the amount of money she and Coleen have thrown around, mainly in legal fees.

“Becky never wanted it to go this far, and all she wants is for her name and reputation to be cleared. She’s not on a payday.

Payout: At the latest two-day Supreme Court hearing, the judge ruled Coleen, 35, had to pay 20 percent of Vardy's legal costs, expected to be around £30,000 (pictured in February)

Payout: At the latest two-day Supreme Court hearing, the judge ruled Coleen, 35, had to pay 20 percent of Vardy’s legal costs, expected to be around £30,000 (pictured in February)

“As a result, she has decided to donate any damages to charity and has had her advisers arrange meetings with a few charities. She wants something good to come out of this sad saga.”

MailOnline has reached out to Rebekah’s representatives for comment.

The two warring WAGs are now set for a £1million legal showdown in May, after the Supreme Court judge ruled this week on key areas that could decide the case and insisted that it go into a full trial as soon as possible. had to be resolved.

In further disappointment for Vardy, the judge denied a request from her lawyers that Coleen disclose communications between herself and six key figures, including football agent Paul Stretford, two PR agents and some of her relatives.

The court had already heard fragments of debunked explosive messages in which Becky called Coleen a ‘c**t’ and ‘nasty b****’ and furiously: ‘Stupid cow deserves everything she gets! Hope it will now be sold out en masse.’ Vardy claimed that these comments were taken out of context and that she had not referred to Rooney.

At war: The two warring WAGs are now set for a £1million legal showdown in May after the Supreme Court judge rules this week on key areas that could decide the case (pictured in 2016)

At war: The two warring WAGs are now set for a £1million legal showdown in May after the Supreme Court judge rules this week on key areas that could decide the case (pictured in 2016)

She was also alleged to describe Wayne Rooney’s wife as “trash” and “her own ar**.”

The posts also appeared to show that Rebekah claimed she would like to leak stories about Coleen, with Caroline admitting she was responsible for one story in The Sun.

Coleen’s legal team is now preparing to sift through more evidence from Becky, which they say proves that their case she was the source of the leaks, while the astonishing reports they’ve uncovered so far are just the tip of the iceberg. .

JANUARY 2019: Becky texts Caroline and is said to have described Coleen as a 'nasty b****...I've grown to hate her!  She loves her... Would love to leak those stories'

JANUARY 2019: Becky texts Caroline and is said to have described Coleen as a ‘nasty b****…I’ve grown to hate her! She loves her… Would love to leak those stories’

FEBRUARY 2019: Caroline and Becky realize Rooney has unfollowed them on Instagram.  Rebekah allegedly described Coleen as a 'nasty b****' and a 'c***'

FEBRUARY 2019: Caroline and Becky realize Rooney has unfollowed them on Instagram. Rebekah allegedly described Coleen as a ‘nasty b****’ and a ‘c***’

OCTOBER 2019: The pair discuss their response to Coleen's now infamous Wagatha Christie claims

OCTOBER 2019: The pair discuss their response to Coleen’s now infamous Wagatha Christie claims

A full lawsuit is slated for May, with both WAGs facing legal costs of nearly £1.8 million.

When ordering Coleen to pay £65,000 for Ms Watt’s legal costs following the failed bid to join her in the libel suit, Ms Justice Steyn said: ‘That seems a reasonable and proportionate amount to me.

‘It is fair to say that a considerable time would have been required, given the standing start that the respondent had for an application that was quite extensive for the defendant’.

Ms Justice Steyn said her reason for the rejection of the offer by Coleen’s legal team was that it was filed too late and previous opportunities to file the claim had not been taken.

Statement: Rooney's spokesperson said the latest verdict 'didn't change the fact that Caroline Watt will be a witness in this case' Pictured in November 2021

Statement: Rooney’s spokesperson said the latest verdict ‘didn’t change the fact that Caroline Watt will be a witness in this case’ Pictured in November 2021

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