Wagatha Christie’s defamation trial in the UK has ended

Wagatha Christie’s defamation trial in the UK has ended

Rebekah Vardy, wife of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy (L), leaves the Royal Courts of Justice after the final day of the high-profile trial, dubbed by the media as the ‘Wagatha Christie’ case, involving Rebekah Vardy Coleen Rooney (R) sued. for defamation after he was publicly accused of leaking private stories to the press on May 19, 2022 in London, England.

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LONDON – The so-called “Wagatha Christie” trial that has gripped the British public came to a verdict on Friday in which Rebekah Vardy lost her libel case against soccer star Coleen Rooney’s wife.

Britain’s High Court ruled against Vardy in favor of Rooney after a years-long dispute between the two “daredevils” – wives and girlfriends of soccer players – that contained all the twists and turns of one of Agatha Christie’s finest crime novels.

Judge Steyn delivered her written verdict on Friday after a acid and salacious two-week trial in May.

It comes two years after Vardy sued Rooney for defamation following a dispute over a series of Instagram posts.

Rooney claimed Vardy leaked stories from her private Instagram account to journalists from British tabloid The Sun.

Vardy vehemently denied the allegations, arguing that the allegations caused her “widespread public abuse,” and sued Rooney to clear her name.

However, in her decision on Friday, Steyn said it was “probable” that Vardy’s then-agent Caroline Watt undertook “the direct act” of leaking information to The Sun.

“The evidence … clearly shows, in my view, that Ms Vardy knew 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 elements.” potential interest from the press and answering additional questions from the press about Ms. Watt,” she said.

how did we get here

Rooney and Vardy came to the limelight in the 2000s and 2010s as the so-called wags – a term less commonly used today due to its sexist connotations – of former England football captain Wayne Rooney and Leicester City player Jamie Vardy, respectively.

But the couple, once friends, rose to personal infamy after a public fallout.

Rooney, who suspected someone of leaking stories from her personal Instagram account to the press, began a “sting” operation in 2019.

She published a slew of fake stories — including about traveling to Mexico for a “gender selection” trial and flooding the basement of her home — and gradually narrowed down her followers to see if the stories would still make the press.

When finally there was only one follower left and the stories continued to leak, Rooney took to social media to post the conclusions of her findings: “It’s………Rebekah Vardy’s account.”

Vardy, who denied the allegations, then brought a defamation lawsuit against Rooney, saying her reputation had been damaged. Rooney maintained that her actions were justified in the interest of truth and the public interest.

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