Rebecca Vardy loses Wagatha Christie defamation case against Colin Rooney | Rebecca Vardy

Rebecca Vardy has lost her defamation case against Wagatha Christie Colin Rooneyin a dramatic legal defeat for herself that left her reputation ruined.

Three years ago, Ronnie had a “sting” operation to find out who was leaking stories from her private Instagram account to reporters at The Sun. Rooney identified the culprit with the now infamous words: “It was……… a Rebecca Vardy novel.”

Vardy has vehemently denied passing the information to The Sun and sued Rooney for defamation in a bid to restore her reputation, which led to a multi-million pound lawsuit in the Supreme Court in May.

On Friday, Ms. Stein ruled that Vardy’s defamation claim had failed, implying that it was all for nothing.

The judge concluded that “significant portions” of Vardy’s evidence were not credible and that there were numerous occasions on which her testimony was “manifestly inconsistent with contemporary documentary evidence, evasive or implausible.”

She also said that Vardy and her former agent, Caroline Watt, deliberately destroyed potentially compelling evidence. in one case, The WhatsApp The messages on Watt’s phone were lost after the device was dropped from the side of a boat in the North Sea shortly after a search request was submitted. Vardy’s private copy of the same WhatsApp messages was lost during the backup process.

The judge concluded: “It is possible that Ms Vardy intentionally deleted her WhatsApp conversation with Ms Watt, and that Ms Watt intentionally dropped her phone into the sea.”

It also concluded that it was possible that Vardy “was aware of, condoned and actively involved” in Watt’s leaking of stories about Rooney to the Sun.

The filing of the case means Vardy – the wife of Leicester City footballer Jamie – has endured days of agonizing questioning in front of the global media at the High Court in central London. This covered everything from the history of her selling kiss-and-tell stories to tabloids about singer Peter Andre, allegations that she leaked details of her husband’s relationship with his bandmates, and her own record of relaying information to The Sun. Rather than clearing her name, the case left her nursing a bad rap and a tarnished reputation.

Coleen Rooney leaves court during the trial.
Coleen Rooney leaves court during the trial. Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters

During the seven-day trial, the court heard distressing personal WhatsApp messages sent by Vardy against Rooney, details of her attempt to sell a story about the arrest of Chelsea footballer Danny Drinkwater to The Sun, for drunk driving, and her attempts to shift blame to leaks about Ronnie Lowe.

In particular, there was widespread mockery in court for losing Potentially crucial evidence by Vardy and those around her. Other files also disappeared, prompting Ronnie’s lawyer to summon A Legal precedent from 1722 To argue that – in the absence of evidence – the judge must assume the worst.

The legal team of Rooney, the wife of former Manchester United player Wayne, admitted to the court that there was not a single smoking gun that conclusively proved that Vardy was responsible for the leaks. However, they defended the claim on two grounds: first, that the accusation was true based on the circumstantial evidence available to Rooney; Secondly, it is in the public interest for Rooney to charge Vardy.

With juries in effect abolition of libel trials in England and Wales, there was no immediate verdict on who won the case when the hearings ended in May.

Vardy’s team told the court that her life had been turned into hell by Rooney’s public accusations, leaving her subject to widespread ridicule, social media abuse, and negative chants when her husband was playing football.

Attorney Hugh Tomlinson said his client would have had to be “too clever or too cynical” to take on the manual deletion of WhatsApp messages. He said deleting all evidence would be a “very complicated plot”.

The case has become a major cultural talking point, with several television projects revolving around the court case currently in the pipeline.