Rebekah Vardy claims partial victory in newest spherical of Coleen Rooney libel case


Rebekah Vardy has claimed a partial win in the most recent level of her libel combat, succeeding in a request to have portions of Coleen Rooney’s defence thrown out.

Vardy, who’s married to Leicester Town striker Jamie Vardy, is suing Rooney after being accused of leaking “false tales” to a newspaper about her non-public lifestyles.

Rooney, the spouse of former England celebrity Wayne, printed her allegations on social media in 2019 following a months-long “sting operation” that temporarily noticed her dubbed “Wagatha Christie”.

Coleen Rooney entertains her kids during the UEFA European Championship 2016; Rebekah Vardy sits behind her. Pic: AP
Vardy was once pictured in the back of Rooney on the Euros in France in 2016. %: AP

At a listening to in June, Vardy’s legal professionals mentioned portions of Rooney’s defence had been “beside the point or peripheral” and requested for the Top Court docket to push aside them.

Handing over her judgment at the request on Wednesday, Mrs Justice Steyn threw out some however no longer all the sides Vardy had implemented to strike out.

One declare by means of Rooney that has been brushed aside was once that Vardy confirmed “publicity-seeking behaviour” when sitting in the back of Rooney on the Euros in France in 2016, despite the fact that it was once any person else’s seat.

Assuming the declare was once true, it could nonetheless no longer lend a hand Rooney’s case, the pass judgement on discovered.

“The truth that an individual seeks media protection of their very own attendance at a soccer fit does no longer make it extra possible that they might divulge non-public details about someone else to the clicking,” Mrs Justice Steyn mentioned.

The pass judgement on mentioned the argument was once beside the point and that “it could be a waste of time and assets” for the declare to proceed.

Mrs Justice Steyn additionally threw out an allegation that Vardy was once leaking details about the libel case itself to The Solar.

Jamie Vardy and Rebekah Vardy at The Sun Military Awards 2016 in London. Pic: Joel Ryan/Invision/AP
Jamie Vardy and Rebekah Vardy pictured in 2016. %: Joel Ryan/Invision/AP

“Whilst that is an allegation of leaking confidential knowledge to The Solar, the character of it is rather other to what was once alleged within the put up,” the pass judgement on mentioned.

“Particularly, the defendant has pleaded it in improve of the rivalry that there’s a shut dating between the claimant and The Solar, slightly than for instance of the claimant disclosing someone else’s non-public knowledge.”

Rooney had additionally alleged that Vardy was once the creator of the newspaper’s short-lived Secret Wag column. Vardy had denied this and mentioned the declare was once no longer related to the trial, however the pass judgement on allowed it to stay a part of the case.

Rooney’s legal professionals argued it demonstrated Vardy’s “historical past and follow of publicly disclosing non-public details about people she was once pleasant or related to”.

Wayne Rooney and wife Coleen watch the Anthony Crolla v Jorge Linares fight in 2016
Coleen Rooney is married to former England and Manchester United celebrity Wayne Rooney

The pass judgement on discovered that the column was once related to the case, pronouncing: “Whilst those paragraphs don’t pass to the core problems, the allegation that the claimant had, or was once the main supply for, a gossip column about skilled footballers and their companions in The Solar is logically probative an identical reality proof.”

She additionally refused to throw out different portions of Rooney’s defence about Vardy’s alleged shut dating with The Solar and its newshounds, together with how she interacted with some on social media and sure protection she allegedly gained for leaking tales.

“The claimant’s engagement on social media with those newshounds is related in making an allowance for the defendant’s case that she had an exceptionally shut dating with them, which I’ve approved is among the construction blocks on which the defendant seeks to construct her defence of fact,” the pass judgement on mentioned.

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The row between the 2 ladies has been ongoing since October 2019, when Rooney claimed she had planted 3 pretend tales about herself on her private Instagram account, however made them visual most effective to Vardy.

She alleged those false tales – about travelling to Mexico to know about gender variety, coming round again to TV, and the basement flooding at her new space – had all been shared with The Solar newspaper.

In her newest request, Vardy had additionally bid for abstract judgment – a prison step which might see that a part of the case is resolved and not using a trial – on the subject of Rooney’s declare in regards to the TV presenting tale.

Then again, the pass judgement on brushed aside this, pronouncing: “It’s one of the factual problems to be resolved at trial in figuring out whether or not the reality defence is made out. It sort of feels extremely not going that solution of this factor would help the events to settle the declare.”


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