Britain’s infamous ‘Wagatha Christie’ trial comes to an end – RT Sport News


Football ‘WAGs’ Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney had been locked in a fierce legal battle

Rebekah Vardy, the wife of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, has lost her ‘Wagatha Christie’ libel case against former friend Coleen Rooney, who is the partner of retired footballing legend Wayne Rooney.

The row began more than three years ago and has long fascinated the British press and public with various television projects relating to the case currently underway.

Coleen Rooney has carried out an Instagram ‘sting’ operation to find out who leaked the content of stories from her private account to journalists working for British tabloid The Sun.

His revelation of the culprit saying “It was… the story of Rebekah Vardy” became legendary in the UK, but Vardy’s embarrassment led her to pursue a multi-million pound libel case in an attempt to restore her reputation while strongly denying passing any information to The Sun.

When resolving the case which began in May in a British high court, Judge Steyn ruled that the defamation claim had failed, meaning Vardy’s efforts had been for naught.

Justice Steyn concluded that “important parts” evidence provided by Vardy was not credible and that he was “manifestly inconsistent with contemporary documentary evidence, evasive or implausible” at many times.


Vardy and his former agent Caroline Watt have also been accused of deliberately destroying potentially damning evidence, such as when WhatsApp messages on Watt’s cellphone were lost after the article was dropped on a boat in the North Sea. shortly after a request has been made to search for its contents. .

Copies of the same messages were allegedly lost from Vardy’s phone as she was backing them up, and the judge commented on this as well.

“It is likely that Ms. Vardy deliberately deleted her WhatsApp chat with Ms. Watt, and that Ms. Watt deliberately dropped her phone in the sea,” she concludes.

In Vardy’s defence, his lawyer Hugh Tomlinson protested that his client should have been “very intelligent or very cynical” of manually deleting WhatsApp messages with a “extraordinarily complicated plot” place to dispose of all the evidence.

Additionally, however, the judge also concluded that it was likely that Vardy “knew, tolerated and was actively engaged” in Watts’ process of leaking stories regarding Rooney to the Sun.

Vardy suffered further reputational damage even before the verdict of the seven-day trial.

It came after painful cross-examination and accounts of her selling kissing stories and stories to the tabloids about Australian singer Peter Andre, as well as trying to sell another to the press about shaming drunk driving of ex-Chelsea star Danny Drinkwater.

She was ridiculed over the loss of crucial evidence in court, where extremely personal WhatApp messages she sent were also read, and tried to blame Watt for the leaks of Rooney’s stories.


Friend or enemy?  Wayne Rooney's wife Coleen accuses fellow WAG Rebekah Vardy of leaking Instagram stories to the press

Rooney’s legal team admitted they didn’t boast of having ‘irrefutable evidence’ that proved Vardy was responsible for the leaks, but they argued their accusation was true due to circumstantial evidence while also insisting that Rooney bringing the accusation against Vardy was in the public interest.

Due to the effective abolition of juries in English and Welsh libel trials, there was no instant verdict in May at the end of hearings in the case.

But now the two women can put the saga behind them, with Vardy emerging from the debacle with his reputation even more tarnished.

Vardy’s legal team told the court their client’s life had been turned into hell due to Rooney’s public accusations, making him an open target for teasing, social media abuse and negative chanting when her husband Jamie played football, which would go on and on.


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