Following the high-profile Wagatha Christie libel case, Rebekah Vardy has been ordered by the court to pay £1.5 million ($1.7 million) towards Coleen Rooney’s legal costs
Vardy, wife of Leicester City footballer, Jamie Vardy had sued Rooney, wife of former England footballer and current D.C United manager, Wayne Rooney for libel after being publicly accused of leaking stories about the latter to the media.
She lost the case in July when a judge ruled that the claim from Rooney was “substantially true.”
In a ruling issued on Tuesday, Judge Karen Steyn ordered Vardy to pay 90 per cent of Rooney’s legal costs, and that £800,000 of the costs bill must be paid by 4pm on November 15.
In her ruling, Judge Steyn described Rooney’s evidence as “honest and reliable”, but labelled Vardy’s evidence “manifestly inconsistent… evasive or implausible”.
Back in October 2019, Rooney took to social media to accuse Rebekah Vardy of leaking stories about her to the press. In what seems like a script from a detective drama, she explained that she had purposely posted fake stories on Instagram just to find out who was passing her private information to the press. She then she blocked all accounts from seeing her Instagram stories except the one suspect she had, which was Vardy.
When those stories eventually appeared in British tabloid, The Sun, she knew her trap was successful.