“Wagatha Christie” case: influencer Coleen Rooney wins her trial

“Wagatha Christie” case: influencer Coleen Rooney wins lawsuit

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LONDON | British influencer Coleen Rooney has won the defamation lawsuit brought against her by Rebekah Vardy, another “people” personality, the court announced on Friday, ending an incredible lawsuit that has fascinated the United Kingdom.&nbsp ;

In October 2019, Coleen Rooney, the wife of former English football star Wayne Rooney, claims to have carried out the “investigation” and accuses by name on Instagram and Twitter Rebekah Vardy, married to Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, of having transmitted to the tabloid The Sun “false stories” concerning her.

Charges denied by Ms. Vardy, who had decided to sue for defamation. Her public relations agent, Caroline Watt, was suspected of being behind the leaks.

Judge Karen Steyn said in her verdict that it was 'likely' that Ms Watt was indeed at the origin of the leaks but that “Ms. Vardy was aware of this behavior and tolerated it, actively engaging in it”, giving reason to Coleen Rooney.

The High Court in London, which released its verdict after a ten-day trial in May, had refused to give either party advance notice for fear the judgment would leak.

This case has sparked such a interest in the United Kingdom that she has her own nickname: “Wagatha Christie”, a reference to WAG (Wives and girlfriends), an acronym used to designate the companions of famous sportsmen, and to the famous novelist.

If Coleen Rooney, 36, and Rebekah Vardy, 40, became public figures because of their relationship with footballers, they have since been “people” in their own right. Followed by hundreds of thousands of subscribers on Instagram, they regularly share photos of their respective children there.

According to estimates in the local press, the cost of the trial is in the millions of pounds, the lawyers for the two women who have already represented actor Johnny Depp or the former owner of the Chelsea club, Roman Abramovich.