Both Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy have spoken out following the verdict in the Wagatha Christie trial, in which Rooney won the case.
The verdict was delivered at 12pm today by Ms Justice Steyn, after nearly three years of legal battle between Ms Rooney and Ms Vardy, 40.
Ms Rooney, 36, said she was “naturally pleased” that the judge ruled in her favor today. She added that it’s not a case that she’s ever “searched or wanted.”
“I never believed that in a time of need for so many people it should have gone to court at such a cost when the money could have been much better spent helping others,” she said.
“Both before and after my social media posts in October 2019, I made every effort to avoid the need for such a lengthy and public trial. All my attempts to do so were repulsed by Mrs (Rebekah) Vardy.
“This left me with no choice but to pursue the case to defend myself and stop the repeated leaking of my private information to The Sun.
“These leaks from my private Instagram account started in 2017. They lasted almost two years and invaded my privacy and that of my family. While I have no ill will toward Ms Vardy, today’s verdict makes it clear that I was right in what I said in my October 2019 posts.
“Finally, I would like to thank my entire legal team, family, friends and everyone who has supported me during this difficult and stressful time, including the public.”
Ms Vardy sued Rooney for defamation after Rooney accused her of leaking her private information to The Sun newspaper.
Meanwhile, in her reaction, Ms Vardy said she was “extremely saddened and disappointed” by today’s decision.
“It’s not the result I expected, nor do I think it was fair. I brought this lawsuit to uphold my reputation and I am devastated by the judge’s finding,” she said.
“The judge accepted that posting Coleen’s post was not in the ‘public interest’ and she also dismissed her claim that I was the ‘secret prankster’. But as for the rest of her judgment, she was wrong and I cannot accept that.
“As I explained in my evidence, I, my family and even my unborn baby were subjected to disgusting messages and vile abuse following Coleen’s post and this continued even during the trial.
“Please can the people who have abused me and my family stop now. The case is over.
“I want to thank everyone who has supported me.”
https://www.independent.ie/news/rebekah-vardy-says-she-is-extremely-sad-and-disappointed-following-wagatha-christie-verdict-41877380.html Rebekah Vardy says she is “extremely saddened and disappointed” after Wagatha Christie’s verdict.