Rebekah Vardy could take Coleen Rooney to court if her forensic investigation proves that she didn’t leak stories to the press.
Just yesterday, Coleen claimed that she had caught the 34-year-old selling her private stories to the newspapers after setting up an intricate social media trap.
But despite the mother-of-four’s accusations, her fellow WAG has insisted she is innocent and is now getting a team of lawyers to conduct an investigation to see who has access to her Instagram account.
When talking about the spat on the Victoria Derbyshire show, lawyer Phil Sherrell, who works for the firm Bird and Bird, explained what Rebekah’s next move could be.
He said: ‘The question here is what does the person reading that tweet and Instagram post think she is saying?
‘Is she saying it is Rebekah? Or is she saying it is Rebekah’s account? When I read that, although the end bit talks about it being the account, there’s a couple of uses of the word “person” beforehand, I think there’s a good argument that is saying it is Rebekah, or at least very likely it is Rebekah.
‘At that point, Rebekah has a claim. But where does that take her? That takes her to court where we will establish if it’s true or not.’
He went on: ‘Everything on the internet is traceable to an individual, so we will be able to find out one way or another whether this was someone using Rebekah’s account without permission, or if it was her with the data behind it.’
Victoria asked: ‘So you can pinpoint exactly how you can find out who has had access to your account?’
To which Phil replied: ‘Yes, Rebekah will be able to go to Instagram and ask “which time and date my Instagram was accessed,” they will say for example, “10am on this Monday and someone accessed your account using this broadband account, say BT.”‘
He added: ‘So then we will go to BT and ask for the address that had that account, so we will get an address and get down to a person in a house.
‘And it’s true, with everything on the internet, if you look hard enough you can find out who it is.’
The comments come after Coleen’s furious rant on Twitter where she accused Rebekah of selling stories about her life to the press – something Rebekah has denied.
She said: ‘There has been so much information given to them about me, my friends and my family – all without my permission or knowledge. After a long time of trying to figure out who it could be, for various reasons, I had a suspicion.
‘To try and prove this, I came up with an idea. I blocked everyone from viewing my Instagram stories except ONE account.’
She continued: ‘Over the past five months I have posted a series of false stories to see if they made their way into the Sun newspaper. And you know what, they did! The story about gender selection in Mexico, the story about returning to TV and then the latest story about the basement flooding in my new house.
‘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.
‘I have saved and screenshotted all the original stories which clearly show just one person has viewed them. It’s…… Rebekah Vardy’s account.’
Rebekah insisted: ‘I never speak to anyone about you as various journalists who have asked me to over the years can vouch for.
‘If you thought this was happening you could have told me and I could have changed my passwords to see if it stopped.
‘Over the years various people have had access to my Insta & just this week I found I was following people I didn’t know and have never followed myself.’
She said she was ‘so upset’ over the scandal and was struggling to deal with the stress of it all while pregnant.
The star added: ‘I’m disgusted that I’m even having to deny this. You should have called me the first time this happened.’
A spokesman for Coleen later insisted: ‘It is irrefutable that the leaks came from one account, and one account only.’
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