Entertainment Rebekah Vardy to pick up £3million court case bill for Wagatha Christie trial after Coleen Rooney's victory
Vardy loses 'Wagatha Christie' libel case against Rooney
Rebekah Vardy has lost the 'Wagatha Christie' High Court libel battle she brought against Coleen Rooney over a viral social media post. In her judgment, Judge Justice Steyn said Rooney had succeeded in establishing that the essence of her social media post was "substantially true" - that's to say Vardy was responsible for leaking her private information to the press.In her conclusion, she said: "I have found that Ms Vardy was party to the disclosure to The Sun...
Rebekah Vardy will pick up the legal costs of thecourt case after Coleen Rooney came out of the Wagatha Christie trial as victor.
It is understood Jamie Vardy's wife will fork out around £3million to cover the costs of the case. The long-running feud between the two WAGs started in October 2019 when Coleen, 36, said she had carried out a "sting operation" and accused Rebekah's account of leaking "false stories" about her private life to the press in the now viral Instagram post.
Mrs Vardy, who is married to Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, denied leaking stories to the media and sued her fellow footballer’s wife for libel, while Mrs Rooney defended the claim on the basis her post was “substantially true”.
Important historical events that changed the world forever
Every day, we're reminded of how past events shape our lives and the society we live in. From family to culture and the economy to religion, history has played an important role in all these sectors. Whether it was sudden, unseen, or planned, certain historical events have had a long-lasting impact, also affecting how we understand reality and our future. From the invention of the Gutenberg printing press to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand II, read through this gallery for the most important historical events that shaped our modern world. Click on.
In a much-anticipated ruling on Friday, Mrs Justice Steyn found in Mrs Rooney’s favour and dismissed the claim against her, thereports.
The judge said it was “likely” that Mrs Vardy’s agent at the time, Caroline Watt, “undertook the direct act” of passing the information to The Sun.
But she added: “Nonetheless, the evidence … clearly shows, in my view, that Mrs Vardy knew of and condoned this behaviour, actively engaging in it by directing Ms Watt to the privateaccount, sending her screenshots of Mrs Rooney’s posts, drawing attention to items of potential interest to the press, and answering additional queries raised by the press via Ms Watt.”
Video: Vardy loses ‘Wagatha Christie’ libel case against Coleen Rooney (Mirror)
Channel 4 lands drama which will reconstruct Wagatha Christie trial
Channel 4 has announced a two-part drama series covering the Wagatha Christie showdown between Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy at a libel trial at the High Court in May 2022.Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama is expected to reconstruct explosive scenes that were played out in court and include media analysis of the defamation proceedings.
The fake stories Mrs Rooney planted on her Instagram during the sting operation featured her travelling to Mexico for a “gender selection” procedure, her planning to return to TV, and the basement flooding at her home. During the, the two women each gave evidence, as did Mr Rooney, also 36, who played for Everton and Manchester United as well as England.
Referring to Mrs Rooney’s viral “reveal” post at the end of the trial, her barrister David Sherborne told the court: “It is what she believed at the time… and it is what she believes even more so now that we have got to the end of the case.”
Mr Sherborne argued that Mrs Vardy had a “habitual and established practice” of leaking information about those she knew – through Ms Watt – to The Sun newspaper. In the first ruling in the case in November 2020, then-Mr Justice Warby found the viral post had “clearly identified” Mrs Vardy as being “guilty of the serious and consistent breach of trust”.
Rebekah Vardy says ex-agent Caroline Watt became 'so unwell' because of trial
Rebekah Vardy has claimed that her former agent Caroline Watt has been made "so ill from a mental perspective" following her alleged involvement in leaking Coleen Rooney stories Rebekah, 40, made the claims in an explosive interview with TalkTV, named 'Coleen & Me', which aired on Wednesday, August 3 - the first interview that she has done since she lost the libel trial that she brought against Coleen, 36.
He also found that an ordinary reader would read the post as claiming Mrs Vardy had “regularly and frequently abused her status as a trusted follower of Ms Rooney’s personal Instagram account by secretly informing The Sun newspaper of Mrs Rooney’s private posts and stories”.
Get the latest celebrity gossip and telly news sent straight to your inbox. Sign up to our weekly Showbiz newsletter.
Coleen Rooney shares X-ray of broken foot after Rebekah Vardy suggests she's ‘milking it' .
Coleen broke her foot at home.During her High Court battle with Rebekah, Coleen was seen wearing the ‘moon boot’ on her foot to protect it as the bone healed.