Judge backs Rebekah Vardy in 'Wagatha Christie' libel action

Rebekah Vardy's Libel Trial Against Coleen Rooney Has First Hearing Today

However, Mr Justice Warby concluded at today's pre-trial that the meaning behind Rooney's post was that Vardy had "regularly and frequently abused her status as a trusted follower of Ms Rooney's personal Instagram account by secretly informing The Sun newspaper of Ms Rooney's private posts and stories, thereby making public without Ms Rooney's permission a great deal of information about Ms Rooney, her friends and family which she did not want made public".

He added: 'It is true in either meaning because Mrs Vardy was responsible for the source of those leaks whether herself or through her agent'.

Basically, Colleen Rooney accused Rebekah Vardy of leaking stories about her and her husband, footballer Wayne Rooney, to the Sun.

The filing also detailed some of the ways Mrs Rooney's post was reported and repeated on social media.

Rooney's husband Wayne is England's record goalscorer and is now playing for Derby County, having retired from the worldwide game.

Another threatened "Snitches get stitches" and more weird claims said Rebekah was involved in the disappearance of holiday youngster Madeleine McCann.

Whilst it is Rebekah Vardy suing for libel, it is Coleen who has to prove the truth of what she said in order to defend the claim. Rooney's apparent detective skills earned her the nickname Wagatha Christie - a play on Wag and Agatha Christie, the English writer famed for her detective novels.

He told the court Mrs Rooney's posts were an "untrue and unjustified defamatory attack" which was "published and republished to millions of people".

In the original post, Rooney, 34, described how she gradually narrowed access to her private posts to Vardy's account only, then planted fake stories that later appeared in the tabloid.

But Rooney's bombshell claim was quickly rejected by Vardy, who posted a screenshotted note of her own, saying she had "never" spoken to journalists about her fellow Wag.

Rebekah Vardy has taken the first win in the high profile legal battle between herself and Coleen Rooney.

The story was widely covered by Britain's national print and broadcast media.

Rebekah Vardy arrives for a Dancing On Ice training session as the first court hearing in her libel battle against Coleen Rooney begins. Mr Justice Warby heard one troll told seven-months-pregnant Rebekah: "You fat, ugly rat, I genuinely hope you and your baby rot and die an extremely painful death for what you have done".

Jamie Vardy and Rebekah Vardy attending the Pride of Sport Awards 2019 held in London.

David Sherborne, representing Coleen, said Rebekah was "responsible for consistently passing on information about the defendant's private Instagram posts and stories to The Sun".

"The ordinary reader would not regard the post as merely telling him or her who it is that Ms Rooney suspects, or as simply raising Ms Vardy's guilt as no more than one possibility, among others".

Warby ordered Rooney to pay nearly £23,000 in initial costs.

Rooney's spokesman said after the ruling that her position had not changed and insisted Vardy had a "relationship" with The Sun and its "Secret Wag" column.

Both Vardy and Rooney have agreed to a "stay" of proceedings until February, giving the two a chance to resolve things outside of court.



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