Coleen Rooney, the wife of British football star Wayne Rooney, has won the high-profile defamation case slapped against her by fellow WAG teammate Rebekah Vardy – ending the dramatic trial dubbed “Wagatha Christie” by British media.
After three years of costly legal retraction, Judge Karen Stein delivered her ruling Friday morning.
In her ruling, which was released online, Stein decided it was “likely” that Vardy’s then-agent, Caroline Watt, “acting direct” leaked stories from Coleen’s private Instagram account to British tabloid The Sun.
The explosive feud began in 2019 when Ronnie Vardy, wife of Leicester City player Jamie Vardy, was accused of leaking stories to the newspaper.
Rebekah from He strongly denied these allegationsHe responded by slapping Colin for defamation.
The evidence “clearly shows, in my view, that Ms Vardy was aware of, condoned, and actively engaged in by directing Ms Watt to her Instagram account, sending screenshots of Ms Rooney’s posts, and drawing attention to items of potential interest to the press. and answering additional inquiries raised by the press via Ms. Watt,” Stein wrote.
The legal battle has been nicknamed “Wagata Christi”, in reference to the famous author of detective novels, in honor of Cullen’s amateur intelligence.
In October 2019, Coleen shared a lengthy post on her Twitter and Instagram accounts, stating that “A few years ago, someone I trusted to follow me on my personal Instagram account was constantly reporting to SUN about my own posts and stories.”
“After a long time trying to figure out who it could be, for various reasons,” the TV personality said, “she got a gut feeling and made a plan on how to get this mysterious person out.”
“I’ve blocked everyone from seeing my Instagram Stories except for one,” Rooney said at the time. “Over the past five months, I have published a series of false stories to see if they made their way to the Sun. And you know what they did!”
Rooney noted that she “saved all the original stories and took screenshots of them which clearly shows only one person has seen them”, claiming it is “Rebecca Vardy’s account”.
Rebecca addressed the allegations on Twitter the same day, mentioning Coleen in her post.
“As I just told you on the phone, I wish you had called me if you thought so,” She tweeted in October 2019.
“I never talk to anyone about you because many journalists who have asked me over the years can attest to this. If you thought this was happening, you could have told me and I could have changed my passwords to see if it had Stop. “
And Rebekah continued that “many people have gained access” to her Instagram account over the years, adding, “Only this week I found out I was following people I didn’t know and never followed myself.”
“I’m not funny but I don’t need the money, what do I get from selling stories about you?” I wrote. “I liked you so much Coleen and I am so upset that you chose to do this, especially when I’m heavily pregnant.”
Rebecca later filed a defamation lawsuit against Colin in June 2020, paving the way for a court battle that is estimated to total more than $3.7 million in legal costs.
The case first appeared in court in November 2020, after a judge said Colin’s job had “clearly identified” Rebecca as “guilty of serious and consistent breach of trust”.