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04th Oct 2022

Rebekah Vardy ordered to pay Coleen Rooney €1.7m in legal fees

Charlie Herbert

The total bill for Rebekah Vardy could come to well over €3.4m.

Rebekah Vardy has been ordered to pay 90 percent of Coleen Rooney’s legal costs after her failed libel action against her.

This will start with an €918k (£800k) payment that must be made by 15 November, but further payments will take the bill up to around €1.7m (£1.5m).

After paying her own legal costs and fees as well, Vardy could end up having to pay more than £3m for the trial, the Guardian reports.

Earlier this year, Vardy took Rooney to the High Court, claiming the wife of Wayne Rooney had libelled her.

In a statement, Mrs Justice Steyn stated the total legal bill which Coleen is yet to finalise with the court. Coleen’s lawyer, Paul Lunt estimated it to be around £1.66million.

But Mrs Justice Steyn explained that she had done “the best” she can to “estimate the likely level of recovery” but while bearing in mind the Defendant had not yet produced a bill, the cost would be around £800,000.

Rooney, 36, had sensationally claimed on Instagram that Rebekah had leaked several stories to the British media, including claims the basement of her Cheshire home had flooded and Coleen was planning a return to television work.

The case became known as “Wagatha Christie.”

Vardy always denied she passed on the information but in the High Court, Mrs Justice Steyn ruled in Rooney’s favour and judged that she had not libelled her.

She wrote of Rebekah’s action: “The claim has been dismissed. The defendant succeeded in establishing that the essence of the libel was ­substantially true.”

Judge, Justice Steyn found that Rooney had succeeded in establishing that the essence of the libel was “substantially true” and that Wayne Rooney’s wife’s reveal post was a “a matter of public interest” due to “the undesirable practice of information (in the nature of mere gossip) about celebrities’ private lives being disclosed to the press by trusted individuals”.

The judge also found Vardy’s evidence was “manifestly inconsistent… evasive or implausible”.

Vardy voiced her upset following the trial’s verdict, saying that she was “devastated” by the outcome.

In a statement she said: “The judge accepted that publication of Coleen’s Post was not in the ‘public interest’ and she also rejected her claim that I was the ‘Secret Wag’. But as for the rest of her judgement, she got it wrong and this is something I cannot accept.”

“I am extremely sad and disappointed at the decision that the Judge has reached. It is not the result that I had expected, nor believe was just. I brought this action to vindicate my reputation and am devastated by the Judge’s finding.”

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