If the foul-mouthed Whatsapp messages, mystery celebrity affairs and ‘chipolata’ manhood references weren’t enough to keep us entertained, the court sketch artists at the Wagatha Christie trial would certainly do the job.
Social media users have again been left in stitches at the rather unique drawings, which depict WAG rivals Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney – and her husband and former England captain Wayne – as they fight the ‘libel trial of the century’ at London’s High Court.
Friday saw the fourth instalment of the dramatic courtroom saga, which was brought by Rebekah after Coleen claimed stories about her had been leaked from her Instagram account following her own social media investigation – which involved her posting made-up stories which only Rebekah’s account could see.
While Coleen was seen this week ‘furiously taking notes’ as Rebekah was quizzed in the witness box, the court sketch artists were also rapidly putting pen – or rather pencil – to paper.
Today, spectators noticed Coleen seemed to have been depicted sporting a new facial feature.
‘Why has Coleen Rooney got whiskers on her chinny chin chin, in the courts artists sketch?’ one wrote on Twitter, ‘Obviously taking “cat scrap” literally!’
One user compared her to Michael Finnegan, the fictional character from the nursery rhyme, who ‘grew whiskers on his chin-igan’ before the ‘wind came up and blew them in-again’.
Coleen seemed to have been depicted sporting a new facial feature in a court artist’s sketch from the Wagatha Christie trial on Friday. ‘Why has Coleen Rooney got whiskers on her chinny chin chin, in the courts artists sketch?’ one wrote Twitter user
Coleen Rooney’s barrister David Sherborne (centre back) questioning Rebekah Vardy (left) as she gives evidence at the Royal Courts Of Justice, London, as Coleen (right) and Wayne (second right) Rooney watch on
A court sketch showing Rebekah Vardy (middle) appearing in the witness box in front of the Rooneys, with Wayne (third from right) unable to look at her. One social media user said Rebekah Vardy seemed to become a ‘different person’ in every court sketch, with ‘varying height’ and ‘cheek bones’. (Sketch from May 11)
One court sketch showed Coleen taking notes with her Chanel bag in full view, while Wayne sat next to her staring straight ahead. A twitter user joked: ‘Do Chanel now pay for product placement in court sketches?’
Coleen was branded Michael Finnegan (right) for the sketch which appeared to give her chin hairs, while Rebekah’s exaggerated features saw one spectator say she looked like Romulan Spy from Star Trek (left)
Artist impression of Coleen and Wayne Rooney at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. May 13, 2022.
Another noticed how Rebekah seemed to be evolving with every drawing.
They jibed: ‘I don’t know who has been drawing Rebekah Vardy at the Wagatha Christie trial… but she be a different person of varying height cheek bones every time.’
Another user commented below the post, saying Mrs Vardy looked like Romulan Spy from the iconic sci-fi series Star Trek.
One court sketch showed Coleen taking notes with her Chanel bag in full view, while Wayne sat next to her staring straight ahead.
A twitter user joked: ‘Do Chanel now pay for product placement in court sketches?’
Referencing their apparent likeness to video game characters, another jibed: ‘Looking forward to catching up on the trial of Zanglef and Chun-Li from street fighter today.’
Others branded the sketches ‘priceless’ while one said they looked like they had been drawn on an Etch a Sketch.
Under current laws and in almost every circumstance, it is illegal to take photographs and video inside courts, meaning news organisations often commission artists to make court sketches.
Social media users mock the court sketch artists’ work at the Wagatha Christie trial, after Coleen appeared to have grown chin hairs while Rebekah Vardy boasted exaggerated cheek bones
The artists are highly skilled and face a difficult task, because they are only allowed a few minutes to make a series of base lines.
They then leave the courtroom, and usually sit in the foyer of the court, where they expand on their marker lines purely from memory.
Court artists also have to work at pace, with the images often needed or finished within an hour or less.
But this often results in rather unusual depictions.
Yesterday, commenters on Twitter likened one portrait of the Rooneys to medieval art from the 1400s.
Mike Peters said: ‘Thanks to the court artist for allowing us to imagine what it would look like if the Rooneys were at Agincourt.’
He was referencing a battle between the English and French in 1415, which was heavily depicted through paintings.
The image of Rebekah does not have the same white, highlighted gleam as others, instead showing her crying into a tissue. Pictured, the court sketch from May 12
Another compared an image of the football manager to the restoration of a Spanish fresco of Jesus, now referred to as ‘Monkey Christ’, by Cecilia Jimenez
Rebekah Vardy broke down in tears this week when Coleen Rooney ‘s lawyer brought up how Twitter trolls had once threatened to rape her two-year-old daughter
A court sketch from earlier this week showing Rebekah Vardy (left) appearing in the witness box in front of the Rooneys, with Wayne (middle) unable to look at her
At around 3.50pm on the first day of the trial, Rebekah Vardy finally took to the witness box. Whereas before, she had looked towards the judge, Coleen now turned her star up at Rebekah as she was sworn in, and rarely did her focus shift from the woman now dubbed her ‘enemy’ in the war of the WAGs. (Pictured: Artist impression of Rebekah Vardy giving evidence (L) with Wayne & Coleen Rooney looking on (R) at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. May 10, 2022)
The atmosphere on day one across the front bench in the well of Court 13 at the High Court was icy, to say the least. Pictured: Artist impression of Rebekah Vardy (far right) and Wayne and Coleen Rooney (left) at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, May 10, 2022.
Rebekah Vardy (left) takes to the stand and swears on the Bible before being quizzed by Coleen’s barrister David Sherborne (in the whig). Wayne and Coleen Rooney are seen watching on in this artist’s impression. It was the first time they looked at her since she had entered the court room hours earlier. (sketch from May 10)
Artist impression of Rebekah Vardy (right) and Mrs Justice Steyne (left) at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. May 11, 2022.
Other sketches from the trial have also been mocked, with people suggesting that both Rebekah Vardy and Wayne Rooney ‘aren’t happy’ with the way they have been depicted.
Charlotte Johnson said on Twitter: ‘I keep seeing random things on Twitter about Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney, not even interested in this nonsense, but I applaud the sketch artist in court for getting Michael Jackson pretty much bang on.’
Others focused on the portrayal of Wayne Rooney, with one likening his image to American professional wrestler, Brock Lesnar.
Another compared an earlier court sketch of the football manager, 36, to the infamous botched restoration of a Spanish fresco of Jesus Christ, now referred to as ‘Monkey Christ’, by Cecilia Jimenez.
The former Manchester United star and current Derby County manager, was compared to a heavyweight boxer in one image, as one fan wrote: ‘Tyson Fury will be furious.’
Another said: ‘That’s taken artistic liberty too the extreme.’ And one Twitter user simply described the person in the snap in one word: ‘Potato!’
Another joked: ‘This court sketch of Wayne Rooney has finished me.’
Rebekah, they wife of Leicester City strike Jamie Vardy, is suing Coleen following their much-publicised fallout in 2019.
It was sparked after Coleen claimed stories about her had been leaked from Rebekah’s Instagram account following her own social media investigation – which involved her posting made-up stories which only Rebekah’s account could see.
The stories made it to the Sun, leading her to publicly accuse Rebekah’s account of leaking the stories to the newspaper.
It earned Coleen the title ‘Wagatha Christie’, while Rebekah started legal proceedings, claiming she had been libeled.
Now, after two years of legal toing-and-froing, the pair are battling it out in London’s High Court – in one of the most eagerly anticipated civil cases in recent memory.
Popcorn at the ready! From Rebekah Vardy’s ‘Davy Jones’ confusion, Peter Andre’s ‘chipolata’ and those court sketches… every day of the Wagatha Christie trial as seen by fans – but are YOU #TeamVardy or #TeamRooney?
By Martin Robson for MailOnline
It is the multi-million pound High Court case that has captivated millions – and even split households over who they are supporting in the legal battle royale of the WAGs.
MailOnline readers on either #TeamVardy or #TeamRooney have called for the case to be televised – and joked today about bringing out the popcorn rather than doing a day’s work – while completely captivated by three days of Rebekah’s extraordinary evidence and Coleen’s debut in the witness box.
Others have obsessed over the rivals’ expensive outfits as they arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice on The Strand and the often comical court sketches of Wayne Rooney, whose drawn likeness while sat next to his wife has been compared to Lenin, Wayne Lineker, Mike Tyson and even the humble Maris Piper potato.
Collective jaws dropped as Rebekah Vardy compared Peter Andre‘s penis to a ‘chipolata’, and there were tears of laughter when she said arguing with Coleen was like arguing with a pigeon because ‘it’s still going to s**t in your hair’. There were more laughs when Vardy was bamboozled by a reference to Davy Jones’ Locker when the court heard her phone ended up at the bottom of the North Sea. She looked to the judge for help and told him she didn’t watch much TV.
MailOnline readers on either #TeamVardy or #TeamRooney have called for the case to be televised – and joked today about bringing out the popcorn rather than doing a day’s work
There was also sympathy from her supporters as when she repeatedly broke down in the dock under fierce questioning from her nemesis’ bronzed lawyer David Sherborne, who repeatedly asked her if she was lying under oath.
And today Coleen gave evidence for the first time that she split from her husband Wayne, who blushed in court as she described how he was caught drink-driving with a ‘party girl’. And how she set the Instagram trap she claims proves that Rebekah Vardy’s social media account was behind leaks to the press.
Here are the highlights of the celeb libel trial of the year so far, and how the drama played out on social media:
Sarah Harding’s handbag
Sarah Harding is said to have got into an argument with Rebekah after spotting her taking photos inside her handbag
The story – which was published in several tabloid newspapers at the time – was mentioned by Coleen Rooney in written documents she submitted to the High Court as part of the £3million Wagatha Christie libel trial.
Coleen claimed: ‘She got in a spat with former Girls Aloud group member Sarah Harding during the 2018 event because Sarah apparently caught Becky taking photographs of the contents of Sarah’s handbag when Sarah had dropped it on the floor.
‘Their dispute subsequently appeared in The Sun.’
‘To be honest with you…’
Coleen provoked laughter at several moments during the cross-examination. ‘To be honest with you…’ she said, before stopping herself and adding: ‘Sorry to be using that.’
It came after her lawyer told Rebekah yesterday he’d ‘rather you’d be honest since you’re in the witness stand’ when she said the same thing.
Giving the evils
Rebekah’s lawyer Hugh Tomlinson QC suggested to Coleen that Rebekah’s agent, Caroline Watt, had abused her trust by allegedly leaking stories she accessing her client’s Instagram.
Mr Tomlinson suggested Ms Watt abused her trust, saying: ‘It’s not nice when people abuse that trust, is it Mrs Rooney?’
‘No, it’s sad,’ she replied, tilting her head and looking at Rebekah.
Davy Jones’ Locker
London’s High Court burst into laughter after Rebekah Vardy admitted she didn’t know who Davy Jones was while being questioned over a missing mobile.
Her agent Caroline Watt’s phone was dropped in the North Sea after the court asked for it to be handed over for examination.
Coleen’s team have accused Rebekah of deleting key evidence that, it is said, would prove that Rebekah had been leaking stories to the media.
London’s High Court burst into laughter after Rebekah Vardy admitted she didn’t know who Davy Jones was while being questioned over a missing mobile
Coleen’s lawyer Mr Sherborne said: ‘We know that Ms Watt’s phone is now in Davy Jones’ Locker, don’t we, Mrs Vardy?’
Rebekah then replied: ‘I’m sorry, I don’t know who Davy Jones is’, saying didn’t watch much TV. The judge then had to describe Mr Sherborne’s nautical reference to the sea bed.
One of yesterday’s highlights were Rebekah Vardy’s comments about arguing with Coleen Rooney was ‘as pointless as arguing with a pigeon’.
Mrs Vardy gave to a newspaper after Mrs Rooney’s ‘Wagatha Christie’ post, in which she denied being behind the leaks and said she was devastated by the abuse she received.
Mrs Vardy told the Daily Mail, when asked if the pair had argued: ‘That would be like arguing with a pigeon.
‘You can tell it that you are right and it is wrong, but it’s still going to s*** in your hair.’
Gemma Collins’ faceplant
Rebekah Vardy has claimed that she was too distracted by Gemma Collins’ Dancing On Ice ‘faceplant’ to respond when her PR agent admitted she was the source of the Coleen Rooney car crash leak.
The court heard that Caroline Watt admitted she had been the source of the Honda car crash story. It came at the end of the pair’s discussion when Ms Watt simply wrote: ‘It was me.’
Rebekah agreed that the message ‘appeared to confirm Caroline Watt was the source of the story’.
She said she did not respond to the message as it was the children’s bath time then she was further distracted by ‘Gemma Collins’ faceplant’ in Dancing on Ice.
She was referring to the moment the celebrity tripped and fell face-first on the ice during one of the routines in the ITV show.
Tears in the witness box
Rebekah Vardy was accused of betraying her friends and her husband’s teammates yesterday as she was grilled over WhatsApp messages in the ‘Wagatha Christie’ libel trial.
She broke down repeatedly, leading to two emergency breaks in court.
In five hours of gruelling cross-examination, which at one point left her in tears, Rebekah denied she encouraged her agent to ‘stalk’ Coleen Rooney’s private Instagram and leak stories about her and other Wags.
Rebekah, 40, was confronted with messages in which she discussed leaking and selling stories, and faced repeated accusations that she was lying to the court to protect the ‘last shred’ of her case against Coleen.
She rejected accusations she had revealed ‘juicy information’ to settle scores with rival Wags, while courting positive publicity by arranging staged photographs and interviews to promote her image.
A mock-up of Wayne Rooney walking to court with a court sketch overlaid on his face
WAGs washing their smalls in the sink at the World Cup
Rebekah Vardy claimed she and her fellow WAGs had to wash their own clothes in the sink at their hotel during the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
As the Wagatha Christie trial entered a third day, Rebekah was quizzed by Coleen Rooney’s barrister David Sherborne about the extent of her contacts with journalists during the tournament.
In response, the WAG claimed she did not have any contact with the media because she was too busy washing her clothes in the sink.
‘I was busy with the kids and under so much stress,’ she said. ‘We even had to wash our own clothes in the sink at the hotel.’
Calling Coleen a ‘c***’ for unfollowing her on Insta
Rebekah Vardy messaged her agent ‘OMG what a c***’ when Coleen Rooney unfollowed her on Instagram after ‘fake’ story about car crash was published, libel trial told
Rebekah Vardy has been quizzed once again at the Wagatha Christie libel trial about a WhatsApp exchange which saw her brand Coleen Rooney a ‘c***’ after she unfollowed her on Instagram.
Coleen, 36, accused Rebekah, 40, of leaking ‘false stories’ about her private life to the media in October 2019, after carrying out what she described as a months-long ‘sting operation’.
She publicly outed Rebekah in an Instagram post, claiming her fellow WAG had shared three ‘fake’ stories she had shared as bait on her personal account. Rebekah furiously denied this and launched her costly libel action which is now into its second trial day.
Before the scandal broke, Coleen stopped following Rebekah on Instagram. ‘OMG what a c***,’ Rebekah texted her agent Caroline Watt after realising what had happened, according to texts read out to the High Court earlier in the trial.
Peter Andre’s privates were among the unlikely highlights of the first day of the Wagatha Christie trial
Peter Andre’s ‘chipolata’ manhood
Peter Andre’s privates were among the unlikely highlights of the first day of the Wagatha Christie trial.
Rebekah Vardy was asked an interview she gave to the News Of The World about her claimed sexual encounter with singer Peter Andre.
Coleen Rooney’s barrister David Sherborne showed a print out of the article to Rebekah in the witness box before reading the headline: ‘Peter’s hung like a small chipolata, shaved, slobbery, lasts five minutes’.
The barrister read excerpts from the article, in which it was claimed Mr Andre had managed ‘just five minutes of sex with Rebekah’ and in which she said he had ‘the smallest trouser equipment I’ve ever seen’ that was like a ‘miniature chipolata’.
Mr Sherborne suggested to Rebekah that the News Of The World was the ‘highest circulating newspaper at the time’, read by some four million people, and asked her whether it was ‘respectful’ of Peter Andre’s ‘right not to share this information’.
She replied: ‘I was forced into a situation by my ex-husband to do this.
‘It is something that I deeply regret… It is not nice to read and I understand why this is being used and to me this is mudslinging and I was also threatened with mudslinging by Mrs Rooney’s team.’
Asked the question again by Coleen Rooney’s barrister David Sherborne, Mrs Vardy said: ‘The circumstances around it were completely different.’
Comical courts sketches
Commenters on Twitter have likened one portrait of the Rooneys to art styles from the 1400s
Twitter user Charlotte Johnson applauded the court artist for ‘getting Michael Jackson pretty much bang on’
Others focused on the portrayal of Wayne Rooney, with one likening his image to American professional wrestler, Brock Lesnar
An artist impression of Rebekah Vardy giving evidence (left) to Barrister Mr Sherborne (right) with Wayne and Coleen Rooney looking on (centre) at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. Sketch from May 11