Jul 8, 2021

Wagatha Christie Takes a New Turn

We have previously reported on the long-running “Wagatha Christie” saga and allegations that Rebekah Vardy leaked stories of Coleen Rooney to the tabloid newspaper.

In a recent High Court ruling, Vardy could be forced to disclose copies of conversations she had with journalists at the Sun newspaper to Rooney. The Court has ruled that Vardy’s past conversations with journalists are relevant to the case because it can be inferred that Vardy would be more likely to leak private information about Rooney to the same journalists. Rooney’s solicitors will now be able to request communications that took place between Vardy and Sun journalists.

Separately, it has not all been plain sailing for Rooney who has also had setbacks during the dispute. The Court also had to consider the relevance of a claim that Vardy had purposely moved seats during a Euro 2016 England football match to sit next to Coleen in order to make sure photographs of herself were published in the tabloids.

The Court ruled in favour of Vardy on this point, stating that the fact a person seeks media attention of their own attendance at a football match does not make it more likely that that person would then disclose private information about someone else to the tabloids.

If you have any questions on the above, please do not hesitate to contact the team at McDaniels Law on 0191 281 4000 or legal@mcdanielslaw.com.

Posted by: Tom Staveley in: Defamation, Legal News, News

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