Watch: Rebekah Vardy calls out misogyny in the Wagatha Christie trial
The pair were embroiled in a legal battle after Rooney posted a message on Instagram accusing Vardy of leaking stories to the press, and Vardy sued for libel.
Vardy lost her case after a High Court judge found Rooney's post was “substantially true”, and has now opened up about the whole saga in an interview on TalkTV.
Discussing how press coverage often included the way she and Rooney dressed for court, she said she thought there was “a lot of sexism”.
Interviewer Kate McCann asked whether Vardy, the wife of footballer Jamie Vardy, thought the case was presented in a “misogynistic way”.
And Vardy replied: “Totally. The whole thing was presented in such a misogynistic way.”
She also pointed out the difference between the Wagatha case and Johnny Depp’s recent trial with his former wife Amber Heard.
She said she didn't think there was as much attention on Depp’s clothes as there was on what she and Rooney wore.
"There was hardly any articles, if any, about how much money he'd spent and his outfits," she said.
The star went on: “It just seems like women aren’t allowed to defend themselves. Women aren’t allowed to dress nicely.
"Yes, there’s a lot of sexism involved in it.”
The Wagatha Christie saga started in 2019 when Rooney, who is married to footballer Wayne Rooney, accused Vardy of leaking stories from her Instagram account to The Sun newspaper.
She posted a message on social media saying that she had been investigating who had been leaking information about her and claiming that Vardy was the culprit.
Vardy, 40, denied the claim and sued Rooney for libel.
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