Judgment in football WAG trial between Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy

Judgment in football WAG trial between Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy

Coleen Rooney, wife of British soccer star Wayne Rooney, has won the high-profile defamation case she was accused of by fellow WAG member Rebekah Vardy – ending the dramatic trial dubbed ‘Wagatha Christie’ by British media.

After three years of costly legal wrangling, Judge Karen Steyn announced her verdict on Friday morning.

In her ruling, which was published online, Steyn noted that it was “probable” that Vardy’s then-agent Caroline Watt “took the direct action” by leaking stories from Coleen’s personal Instagram account to British tabloid The Sun have.

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

Rebekah, the vehemently denied the allegationsresponded by hitting Coleen with a defamation lawsuit.

Vardy hit Rooney with a defamation lawsuit after she was accused of leaking information to The Sun newspaper.
Rebekah Vardy is the wife of English footballer Jamie Vardy.
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Rebekah Vardy, wife of Leicester City footballer Jamie Vardy arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Britain May 16, 2022.
Rebekah Vardy, wife of Leicester City star Jamie Vardy, has been accused of leaking information to the Sun.
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The evidence “clearly shows, in my view, that Ms Vardy was aware of and condoned this behavior and actively participated in it by referring Ms Watt to the private Instagram account, sending her screenshots of Ms Rooney’s posts and drawing attention to points of potential interest.” to the press and answering additional questions from the press about Ms. Watt,” Steyn wrote.

The lawsuit was dubbed the “Wagatha Christie” case in honor of Coleen’s amateur detective work, a nod to the renowned crime novelist.

“It’s… Rebekah Vardy’s account.”

Coleen Rooney

In October 2019, Coleen shared a lengthy post about her Twitter and Instagram accounts, suggesting that “for a number of years, someone I have trusted to follow me on my personal Instagram account has been constantly updating The SUN newspaper with my private posts and stories.”

The television personality said “after a long time trying to figure out who it could be, for a variety of reasons,” she had a gut feeling and formulated a plan for how she could oust this mystery persona.

Coleen Rooney leaves the High Court with her husband Wayne
Coleen Rooney leaves the High Court with her husband Wayne during the Wagatha Christie trial on May 17, 2022 in London.
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The court concluded that Vardy was aware of and condoned details leaked by her agent, Caroline Watt.
The court concluded that Vardy was aware of and condoned details leaked by her 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 past five months I’ve published a number of fake stories to see if they made their way into the Sun newspaper. And you know what, they did it!”

Rooney noted that she “saved all of the original stories and took screenshots clearly showing only one person viewed them,” claiming it was “Rebekah Vardy’s account.”

Rebekah addressed the allegations on Twitter the same day, tagging Coleen in her post.

“As I just told you on the phone, I wish you would have called me if that’s what you thought.” she tweeted in October 2019.

“I never speak to anyone about you, as various journalists who have asked me to do so over the years can vouch. If you thought this was happening you could have told me and I could have changed my passwords to see if it stops.”

Continuing that “various people have had access” to her Instagram account over the years, Rebekah added, “Just this week I realized I was following people I didn’t know and never followed myself. “

“I’m not funny, but I don’t need the money. What would I gain from selling stories about you?” she wrote. “I liked you very much Coleen and I’m so upset that you chose to do that, especially when I’m heavily pregnant.”

The judge said Rooney successfully proved her allegation
The judge said Rooney successfully proved her claim to be “essentially true.”
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Rebekah later filed a defamation lawsuit against Coleen in June 2020, setting the stage for a court battle estimated at over $3.7 million in legal fees.

The case first appeared in court in November 2020 after a judge said Coleen’s post had “clearly identified Rebekah as guilty of aggravated and consistent breach of trust.”

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