Rebekah Vardy loses libel case against Coleen Rooney in Wagatha Christie court battle

Rebekah Vardy has lost her multi-million pound libel case against Coleen Rooney after the High Court ruled that she was behind a series of stories that were leaked to the tabloid media.

Ms Vardy, 40, sued Ms Rooney, 36, for defamation after Ms Rooney publicly accused her of being the source of stories that were leaked to The Sun newspaper.

Ms Rooney took to Twitter on 19 October 2019 to issue an astonishing attack on Ms Vardy, accusing her of betraying her confidence.

The statement, which quickly went viral, explained how Ms Rooney had become concerned that stories from her private Instagram account were being passed on to the press.

She explained how she had decided to set a trap for the leaker and posted a series of false stories to see if they would find their way into the media. Acting on her suspicions, she limited who could see her Instagram stories until only one account remained – Rebekah Vardy’s account.

“I blocked everyone from viewing my Instagram stories except ONE account,” Ms Rooney explained. “Over the past five months I have posted a series of false stories to see if they made their way into The Sun newspaper. And, you know what, they did!”

“I have saved and screenshotted all the original stories which clearly show just one person has viewed them,” she continued, before dramatically revealing: “It’s……… Rebekah Vardy’s account.”

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A judge has now ruled that this statement was/ was not libellous and ….

During the trial, Rebekah Vardy accepted that it was possible that her friend and former agent, Caroline Watt, may have been the source of some of the leaks.

Her lawyer, Mr Hugh Tomlinson QC, told the High Court during his closing statement that Ms Vardy “does not know to this day what happened, she does not know where this information came from.”

“It is possible, as she now accepts, that the source of the leak could well be Caroline Watt,” he said. “Mrs Vardy has obviously made mistakes. One of the mistakes that she made…is that she trusted someone she shouldn’t have trusted.”

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Ms Rooney stood by her “Wagatha Christie” reveal post throughout the trial, saying in a written statement to court: “I have always been confident in the truth of what I posted on October 9 2019.”

“I believe that Mrs Vardy knew that this was happening, whether it was Mrs Vardy herself or it was someone she’s given permission to,” Ms Rooney said in her cross-examination,

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