Judge backs Rebekah Vardy in 'Wagatha Christie' libel action

Judge backs Rebekah Vardy in 'Wagatha Christie' libel action”

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.

On Friday afternoon, Mr Justice Warby will rule on the "natural and ordinary" meaning of Mrs Rooney's posts following a preliminary hearing on Thursday.

But Justice Warby ruled that an ordinary reader would understand Rooney's conclusion - "It's".

"Following the police announcing that a new suspect had been identified in the disappearance of Madeline McCann, the claimant was the subject of a number of highly distressing publications on Twitter alleging she was the suspect", Mr Tomlinson added.

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

Rooney's post about her online sleuthing saw her dubbed "Wagatha Christie" given her position as one of the most prominent "wives and girlfriends" (WAGs) of the England team.

He said Mrs Rooney's post accusing Mrs Vardy of leaking the stories "followed earlier warnings which the defendant had been forced to post publicly, as well as privately, as a result of information from her private social media accounts being leaked to The Sun".

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

Her husband, Jamie Vardy, was on several occasions mocked while playing for his club, Leicester City, by opposition fans chanting "your wife is a grass".

"She was the one who did the leaking".

Vardy, who was seven months pregnant at the time, went public the same day with her denial.

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Following a tweet from Donald Trump about knowing who the new leader of the so-called Islamic State was, some users joked that it was Mrs Vardy.

Jamie and Rebekah Vardy in 2018.

Mrs Rooney has denied any wrongdoing and liability for abuse received from third parties.

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.

During their court hearing this week - which took place without Vardy or Rooney attending in person - lawyers for Vardy argued that Rooney's "detective process" in her Instagram post was "to find the true villain of the piece", and claimed "the finger is being pointed" at Vardy as a person, rather than her Instagram account.

He continued: 'Coleen's defence to this misguided action was filed last month.

David Sherborne, for Coleen, said she would defend the words as true.

'It sets out clearly the facts of her case, which remain the same irrespective of any decision on the meaning.

But Rooney's lawyers said: "The impression the reader would take away would be the essential message, that it was Rebekah Vardy's account that was the source of private stories about the defendant appearing in The Sun - not Rebekah Vardy herself".

Mr Sherborne said Coleen had made several attempts to settle the case and referring to the Covid pandemic, said she believed the time and money could be better spent during today's "life-changing events".

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