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The verdict for the Coleen Rooney vs Rebekah Vardy is in after a long saga.
Back in 2019, Rooney, wife of England's record goalscorer Wayne, accused Vardy of leaking false stories to press outlets such as The Sun.
The 36-year-old took to Twitter to release a quite extraordinary statement where she revealed she came to the conclusion that it was Vardy responsible after blocking everyone on her private Instagram apart from her account and seeing the stories do the rounds.
Lol the fake stories Coleen planted to entrap Vardy. Love Coleen. Absolute legend of the game pic.twitter.com/Sge0MAS6yX— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) May 17, 2022
Vardy immediately denied the allegations and sued Rooney for libel, leading to a nine-day trial at London's High Court that included details about Riyad Mahrez going on strike, Peter Andre's manhood and very different versions of a Euro 2016 conversation from the footballing spouses, as well as questionable courtroom sketches.
And nearly three years of drama, the outcome has now been reached on Friday through a remote judgement, with Rooney winning the case.
As per the Huffington Post, Judge Mrs Justice Steyn released the ruling and said it was likely that Vardy's former agent, Caroline Watt, “undertook the direct act” of leaking stories to The Sun.
However, she also ruled that Vardy "condoned" the actions and "actively engaged" in it by sending screenshots.
She said: “Nonetheless, the evidence … clearly shows, in my view, that Mrs Vardy knew of and condoned this behaviour, actively engaging in it by directing Ms Watt to the private Instagram account, sending her screenshots of Mrs Rooney’s posts, drawing attention to items of potential interest to the press, and answering additional queries raised by the press via Ms Watt.
"In my judgment, the conclusions that I have reached as to the extent to which the claimant engaged in disclosing to The Sun information to which she only had access as a permitted follower of an Instagram account which she knew, and Mrs Rooney repeatedly asserted, was private, suffice to show the single meaning is substantially true.”
It’s ……… Rebekah Vardy’s account.— Tom Peck (@tompeck) July 29, 2022
Coleen Rooney has won the 'Wagatha Christie' libel battle with Rebekah Vardy.— Tristan Kirk (@kirkkorner) July 29, 2022
Rooney's social media post was 'substantially true' - Vardy 'knew of, condoned and was actively engaged' in leaks to the media by her agent, the High Court has ruled.