Thursday, 28 January, 2021

Rebekah Vardy Wins First Round Of High Court Battle With Coleen Rooney

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Adrian Cunningham | 21 November, 2020, 16:57

In the infamous post, 34-year-old Rooney said she posted a string of false stories to Instagram with restricted access to see if they appeared in the media - which she claims they did - and accused "Rebekah Vardy's account" of being the only one which viewed the posts.

Mr Tomlinson said Mrs Rooney's post featured "a build-up to the "big reveal" of the identity of the person responsible", adding: "The description of the defendant's detective work makes it clear that the claimant is being said to be responsible for the leaking of the three specific stories mentioned".

Both women belong to a glamorous group of footballers' wives and girlfriends, known in Britain as the WAGs.

The wife of former England star Wayne Rooney claimed fellow footballer's wife Ms Vardy shared fake stories she had posted on her personal Instagram account with The Sun newspaper.

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

She also had a spoof blackmail bid by someone claiming to have so-called evidence of "infidelity" by her husband, England and Leicester City striker JamieVardy, 33.

But that did not stop a wave of social media abuse and ridicule against her, which her lawyers say continues up until now.

Hugh Tomlinson QC, for Vardy, said: "The person is Rebekah Vardy, the finger is being pointed at her, as the villain, the person, the someone, the one person".

The message posted on Twitter last October detailed her alleged findings, concluding: "It's Rebekah Vardy's account".

"It's. Rebekah Vardy's account", Rooney wrote in the post heard round the world, complete with the cliffhanger ellipses.

Vardy denied the allegations, and claimed several people had access to her account.

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Coleen Rooney must now pay just under £23,000 to Rebekah Vardy in costs for the hearing and will have to prove that Vardy alone was the culprit to successfully defend the lawsuit against her. She was then about seven months pregnant.

Mr Justice Warby granted costs to Mrs Vardy at this stage, rather than waiting for the end of the trial.

Thursday's hearing was to determine a preliminary issue: The meaning of Rooney's post in the eyes of a reasonable reader.

Jamie and Rebekah Vardy in 2018.

According to British journalist Elizabeth Paton - who has tried to explain all this to Americans in the pages of the New York Times - Rooney used her time as Wag to grow her celebrity status - reaching "peak Wag royalty" while Vardy is "a more recent addition to the fold".

Mrs Vardy's lawyers argue the meaning of Mrs Rooney's posts was that she had "consistently and repeatedly betrayed the defendant's trust over several years by leaking the defendant's private and personal Instagram posts and stories for publication in The Sun".

The judge ruled: "The reader is told straight away that the message is about bad behaviour by "someone who I trusted".

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

Giving his ruling the judge said: "This was, on its face, a considered post, using wording composed with some care".

Vardy is suing Rooney for damages in libel, however, a stay of proceedings was agreed today until February, with both legal teams hoping that a deal can be worked out that will prevent it going to full trial.