Coleen Rooney welcomed her win in the Supreme Court case “Wagatha Christie” brought by Rebekah Vardy but added that she “never believed it should go to court” and that “it is not the case” the case I ever sought or wanted.”
A social media post that went viral in October 2019, Ms Rooney, 36, said she had undergone a month-long surgery and accused Ms Vardy, 40, of revealing “questions”. untrue stories” about his private life to the press.
The wife of former England footballer Wayne Rooney has publicly claimed Ms Vardy’s account was the source behind three stories in The Sun with fake details she posted on private Instagram stories mine.
Ms Vardy, who is married to Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, denied the leaked stories to the media and sued the wife of her fellow footballer for defamation, while Ms Rooney defended the claim. published on the basis that her post was “really true”.
In a much-anticipated ruling on Friday, Mrs Justice Steyn supported Ms Rooney and dismissed the lawsuit against her.
Following the ruling, Ms Rooney said she was “satisfied” with the verdict following a week-long trial in May.
“It’s not the case I’ve been looking for or wishing for,” she said. I never believed that it should have gone to court at such a high price in difficult times for so many people when that money could have been used to help others much better.
“Both before and after I posted on social media in October 2019, I tried my best to avoid such a lengthy and public trial.
“All my attempts to do so were dislodged by Mrs. Vardy.”
Ms. Rooney added that she had “no choice but to defend” her request “to stop continuously leaking my personal information to The Sun”.
She continued: “These leaks from my personal Instagram account began in 2017. They continued for almost two years, invading my and my family’s privacy.
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“While I hold no malice against Ms. Vardy, today’s ruling makes it clear that I was correct in what I said in my posts in October 2019.”
In her ruling, Ms Justice Steyn said it was “likely” that Ms Vardy’s agent at the time, Caroline Watt, had “taken direct action” to pass the information on to The Sun.
But she added: “However, the evidence … clearly shows, in my view, that Mrs. Vardy was aware of and condone this behavior, actively participating in it by guiding her through it. Watt to her personal Instagram account, send screenshots of Ms. Rooney’s posts, draw attention to items that may be of interest to the press, and respond to additional questions raised by the press through Ms. Watt.”
During the trial, the two women gave evidence, Mr. Rooney, also 36, played for Everton and Manchester United as well as the England team.
In her 76-page sentence, Mrs Justice Steyn said Ms Vardy’s evidence was “clearly inconsistent” with contemporary documentary evidence in “many cases”.
She continued: “I kept in mind when assessing her evidence the level of stress she felt natural, given the high-profile nature of the trial, the abuse she has suffered since the post revealed was posted and the length of time she was in the witness box. “
The judge added: “However, I find that unfortunately, it is necessary to treat Ms. Vardy’s evidence with extreme caution.”
During the trial, Ms Rooney’s lawyer, David Sherborne, argued that Ms Vardy had “a longstanding custom and practice” of disclosing information about people she knew – through Ms. Watt – to The Sun.
In the text messages between Ms Vardy and Ms Watt, he said, there were examples of the pair discussing leaking other people’s personal information.
Mrs Justice Steyn said in her ruling: “In my judgment, the conclusion I have reached regarding the extent to which the claimant disclosed to The Sun information to which she had access only as an authorized follower of the Instagram account she knows, and which Mrs. Rooney has repeatedly asserted, is private enough to show that the single meaning is essentially true. “
In his first ruling on the case in November 2020, then-Mr Justice Warby found the viral post had “clearly identified” Ms Vardy as a “criminal and consistent breach of trust”.
He also found that a casual reader would post this claiming that Ms Vardy had “regularly and frequently abused her status as a trusted follower of Ms. Rooney’s personal Instagram account by secretly confidentially informed The Sun of Ms. Rooney’s posts and private stories.”
The smear battle comes after wife Rooney publicly claimed that the account behind three fake The Sun stories she had posted on her personal Instagram account was Mrs. Vardy’s.
The fake stories Miss Rooney spread on her Instagram during the vaccination surgery include her traveling to Mexico for a ‘sex selection’ procedure, her intention to return to TV and flooding in the basement of her house.
In posts on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, she wrote: “I have saved and screenshot all the original stories showing clearly only one person has viewed them. “It’s… Rebekah Vardy’s account.”
The total legal costs of the case are believed to be £3 million, much of which will now be borne by Ms Vardy.
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