‘Wagatha Christie’ trial: Soccer WAG Coleen Rooney wins libel case

‘Wagatha Christie’ trial: Soccer WAG Coleen Rooney wins libel case

Coleen Rooney, the wife of British soccer star Wayne Rooney, has won the high-profile libel case brought to her by fellow WAG Rebekah Vardy, ending the dramatic trial dubbed “Wagatha Christie” by the British media.

After three years of costly legal back and forth, Judge Karen Steyn issued her ruling on Friday morning.

In her ruling, posted online, Judge Steyn determined it was “likely” that Rebekah Vardy’s then-agent, Caroline Watt, “understood the direct act” of leaking stories from Rooney’s private Instagram account to the British tabloid The Sun. .

The explosive feud began in 2019 when Rooney sensationally accused Rebekah, the wife of Leicester City player Jamie Vardy, of leaking stories to the newspaper.

Rebecca, who vehemently denied the accusationsresponded by slapping Coleen with a defamation lawsuit.

Rebekah Vardy is the wife of English footballer Jamie Vardy.
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Rebekah Vardy, wife of Leicester City soccer player Jamie Vardy, arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Britain on May 16, 2022.
Rebekah Vardy, wife of Leicester City star Jamie Vardy, is accused of leaking information to The Sun.
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The evidence “clearly shows, in my opinion, that Ms. Vardy was aware of and condoned this behavior, actively participating in it by directing Ms. Watt to the private Instagram account, sending her screenshots of Ms. Rooney’s posts. , drawing attention to items of potential interest to the press, and responding to additional inquiries raised by the press through Ms. Watt,” Judge Steyn wrote.

The legal battle has been dubbed the “Wagatha Christie” case, a reference to the renowned crime novelist, in honor of Rooney’s amateur investigation.

“Her………. Rebekah Vardy’s account.”

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In October 2019, Rooney shared a lengthy post about his Twitter and Instagram accounts, suggesting that “for a few years now, someone I trusted to follow me on my personal Instagram account has been constantly informing The SUN newspaper of my private posts and stories.”

The TV personality said that “after a long time trying to figure out who it might be, for various reasons,” he had a hunch and formulated a plan on how to expel this mystery person.

Coleen Rooney is seen leaving the High Court with her husband, Wayne, during the
Coleen Rooney is seen leaving the High Court with her husband, Wayne, during the “Wagatha Christie” trial in London on May 17, 2022.
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The court concluded that Vardy knew and tolerated the details leaked by his agent Caroline Watt.
The court concluded that Vardy knew and tolerated the details leaked by his agent Caroline Watt.
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“I blocked everyone from seeing my Instagram stories except ONE account,” Rooney said at the time. “Over the last five months I have published a number of false stories to see if they made it to The Sun newspaper. And you know what, they did!

Rooney noted that he “saved and captured all the original stories that clearly show only one person saw them”, stating that it was “Rebekah Vardy’s account”.

Vardy addressed the allegations on Twitter the same day, tagging Rooney in his post.

“As I just told you on the phone, I wish you would have called me if you thought this,” tweeted in October 2019.

“I never tell anyone about you as several journalists who have asked me over the years can attest. If he thought this was happening, he could have told me and I could have changed my passwords to see if it stopped.”

Vardy went on to say that “various people have had access” to his Instagram account over the years, adding, “I found out just this week that I was following people I didn’t know who had never followed me.”

“I’m not kidding, but I don’t need the money, what would I gain from selling stories about you?” she wrote. “I really liked you, Coleen, and I’m really upset that you’ve chosen to do this, especially when I’m heavily pregnant.”

The judge said that Rooney had successfully proved that his accusation was
The judge said that Rooney had successfully proved his accusation to be “substantially true”.
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Vardy then filed a defamation lawsuit against Rooney in June 2020, setting the stage for a court battle estimated to total more than $3.7 million in legal costs.

The case first appeared in court in November 2020, after a judge said Rooney’s post “clearly identified” Vardy as “guilty of serious and ongoing breach of trust.”

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