REBECA Vardy was criticized as “inconsistent” today after a judge found she was behind the Wagatha Christie data leak to the press.
The Wag has launched a stunning £3m libel case against Colleen Rooney after she was accused of leaking stories to journalists.
But Colleen, 36, won a landmark case today, ending a three-year saga.
In her opinion, Ms. Judge Stein said that Colleen’s viral “revealing” post was “essentially true” and in the public interest.
She also said that Rebecca “knew, condoned and actively participated” in the media leaks by her agent Caroline Watts.
The judge ruled that Rebecca “deliberately withheld testimony” during the trial and that the deletion of WhatsApp messages central to the case was “deliberate and not accidental.”
Ms Justice Stein also said her testimony was “clearly inconsistent” with other evidence “in many cases”.
Rebecca was “generally unwilling to make actual concessions” during her speech before the court, the verdict says.
Ms Judge Stein said: “It was clear that Ms Vardy found the process of testifying stressful and sometimes frustrating.
“However, I believe that, unfortunately, it is necessary to treat the testimony of Mrs. Vardy with great caution.
“There were many instances where her testimony clearly contradicted contemporary documentary evidence, such as in relation to the 2018 FIFA World Cup and Photoshopped photos, and other instances where she shied away.”
The judge also noted that she “frequently abused her status as a trusted follower” on Colleen’s personal Instagram.
She added, “I also acknowledge that Ms. Rooney, by issuing several warnings on her personal Instagram account, as well as a public warning, believed that the Reveal Post was in the public interest.”
Rebecca, 40, will now be forced to cough and pay her rival’s multi-million dollar legal fees after a court ruled she leaked the stories to the press.
A triumphant Colin can celebrate her victory with husband Wayne after he has flown in from his new job at DC United.
In a statement, she said she was “happy” with the decision, but said she “never believed” the case should have gone to trial “at such a cost at such a difficult time for so many people when the money could have been spent much better.” helping others. “.
Colleen said she had “no choice” but to follow through to “protect” herself and stop the leaked stories.
She added, “Both before and after my social media posts in October 2019, I have done my best to avoid the need for such a lengthy and public trial. All my attempts to do so were rebuffed by Mrs. (Rebecca) Vardy.
“These leaks from my personal Instagram account started in 2017. They went on for almost two years, invading my personal life and the privacy of my family.
“While I hold no grudge against Mrs Vardy, today’s decision makes it clear that I was right in what I said in my October 2019 posts.
“Finally, I would like to thank my entire legal team, my family, friends and everyone who has supported me, including the public, during this difficult and stressful time.”
The spat erupted back in October 2019 when Colin, 36, became a detective and accused Rebecca of sharing stories from her personal Instagram account.
In the infamous post, Colleen said she posted a number of false stories through her restricted Instagram account to see if they appeared in the media, which they did.
She then said that only one person had viewed the fake stories, and ended in a dramatic way: “This is… . . Rebecca Vardy account.
In response, Rebecca declared war and accused Colin of ruining her reputation when she filed a libel suit in court.
In May, the stunning process began in May when Rebecca broke down three times during her disastrous testimony.
She said she was forced to endure “insulting and upsetting” insults from trolls after Wagatha’s post went viral.
Rebecca also sobbed as she told how her baby was born in December 2019 – just two months after Colleen’s post.
Her tears continued as she was accused of lying after she denied paparazzi staged a photo of the Wags during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
She was also flustered as she was also questioned about her telling reporters about the arrest of ex-England international Danny Drinkwater in 2019 for drunk driving.
To add to the mountain of drama, it was revealed that Rebecca told the whole story to her agent Caroline Watt before demanding, “I want to pay for this.”
It turned out that no one was closed to Rebecca, who was also trying to “do a dirty job” and shed light on the riots in the Leicester dressing room after Riyad Mahrez went on “strike”.
As her time on the bench crumbled, Rebecca found herself at the center of some of the strangest moments to ever grace the High Court.
She revealed how she was “distracted” by Gemma Collins’ face-planting on “Dancing on Ice” when Ms. Watt admitted in texts that she had told the press about Colleen’s 2019 car accident in Washington.
“Chipolata” by Peter Andre also became one of the most talked about moments in the trial after Rebecca’s comments made in 2004 during a “kiss and tell” about the singer’s masculinity.
Rebecca was then completely lost when attorney Colin David Sherborne asked about Ms. Watt’s having lost her phone in the North Sea days after she was ordered to return it.
A lawyer branding Rebecca an “unreliable witness” said, “We know Miss Watt’s phone is in Davy Jones’ locker now, don’t we, Mrs. Vardy?”
Mom-of-five Rebecca, visibly confused, replied, “I’m sorry, I don’t know who Davy Jones is.”
As the people in the room burst into laughter, the judge explained that it was an idiomatic name for the seabed.
Wags in the war
Then it was Colleen’s turn to take the podium and tell her side of the hot story.
After previously staying quiet throughout the drama, the mom-of-four lashed out at Rebecca, branding her rival an “evil, fame-hungry liar.”
She also criticized the “evil” lyrics, calling her a “nasty bitch” and “shit”.
Colleen said the foul language between Rebecca and Miss Watt’s agent was “inappropriate”.
She added: “I am the complete opposite of what they described.
“I am not a bad person. It is not true. I have never done anything to them so that they call me … follow me or stalk me.
Colleen also made a splash when she admitted that her 14-year marriage to Wayne wasn’t always smooth sailing.
The infamous secretive Wag has been candid about the “crises” of her marriage, revealing how she’s endured “a few scandals.”
Colleen admitted that her sting operation was so secret that even Wayne didn’t know it was happening.
WAYNE VS JAMIE
After the Wags face off, it’s time for their husbands to step in, sparking an incredible war of words between the former teammates.
In one of his most sensational statements, Wayne said he was asked to speak to Jamie Vardy about Rebecca back at Euro 2016 in France.
He said that there was “negative media coverage” and “issues” around Rebecca that were “causing problems and distracting attention”.
But Jamie was quick to rebut the claims in a hasty statement outside of court.
He said, “Wayne is talking nonsense.
“He must be confused because he never spoke to me about the problems associated with Becky’s work with the media at Euro 2016.
“There was nothing to talk about, I know this, because I discuss everything with Becky.”
For the first time, the progress of the Wagata case has also become known, as Rebecca appears to have taken to repairing the damage just moments after Colin’s infamous post was posted.
The enraged reality TV star told agent Caroline Watt, “Wow… this is war,” with an angry emoji on her face.
She also wrote “Jesus Christ, I hope she’s happy now” after being pelted with insults on social media.
The mom-of-five added: “I can’t just sit back and let her get away with it.
“I get so many insults, people who I considered my friends turn away from me. Megs gets shit at school, it’s not just being ignored, and move on for me.”
Colleen later revealed how Rebecca texted her, asking, “What the hell is this?”
She also admitted in evidence that she had “suspicions” that Rebecca’s Instagram account was responsible for the leaked stories.
Colleen stated that her post was a “last resort” and told the court she was “surprised” by how hard she exploded.
Wag also said she tried “in vain” three times to settle the multi-million dollar case before it went to trial.
Colleen said, “I didn’t say anything… I don’t want to be here… it was Mrs. Vardy who brought me here.”