Rebecca Vardy’s libel loss ‘absolute disaster’ for her reputation – lawyer

Rebecca Vardy’s failed libel case against Colleen Rooney is “an absolute disaster” for her reputation and “as devastating as it gets,” a media lawyer said.

Onathan Code said the prospects for Ms Vardy, who is married to Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, to get support or a TV job in the future are “hard hit”.

On Friday, Ms Judge Stein dismissed Ms Vardy’s defamation lawsuit she filed against Ms Rooney over a viral social media post.


Colin and Wayne Rooney (Yui Mok/PA)

Coad told the PA news agency: “This is a real disaster for Rebecca Vardy. It couldn’t be worse.

“But of course it was compounded by the fact that she was a volunteer in it and she was an applicant, so she brought it.

“But it turned out to be as devastating as it could be because the judge not only found that what she was accused of, she really did, which is not good, the judge also found that her testimony was unreliable, which is a judicial euphemism for “it not true”.

“But also I think her prospects for getting endorsements and working in TV have been hit hard right now because her brand has suffered so much damage.”

Mr. Coad thinks Ms. Vardy can restore her reputation to some extent because “the public is forgiving,” but he doesn’t think she’ll fully make amends.

Leading reputation management lawyer Mark Stevens agreed that Ms Vardy “will rue the day she ever filed this case” and believes she “will forever be branded the fish and gossip girl she was as a judge.” “.


Rebecca and Jamie Vardy (Yui Mok/PA)

Mr Stevens, Howard Kennedy’s partner and reputation management expert, believes Ms Vardy’s reputation is beyond repair.

He told the PA news agency: “She would be very wise if she started a quiet life somewhere on a remote island, because whenever she appears in the media, she will always be branded with the epithet “gossip Rebecca Vardy”, “traitor” . secrets of Rebecca Vardy.

“That kind of epithet will live with her for a considerable time.”

Mr Stevens said that while Ms Vardy would be more seriously affected, he believed that Ms Rooney would not emerge from court unscathed.

He added: “Colin Rooney, who has been deeply hurt by much of what she has read and heard, will take this as a victory, but frankly, such Wagatha spats are not subject to public forensics without it. damage to both sides.

The so-called Wagata Christie trial became a social media and press sensation as the two footballers’ wives continued to defend their interests.

Mr Stevens said high-profile celebrity cases such as this and the recent trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard should serve as a reminder that celebrities’ reputations are “likely to be severely damaged” by libel suits.


Court artist sketch during one hearing (Elizabeth Cooke/PA)

“The job of a lawyer is to take you apart brick by brick, and both lawyers did that in this case, both lawyers behaved like boxers, which they are paid to do,” he said.

Ayesha Wardag, a lawyer with a reputation and personal experience, argues that the case cannot be a total loss for Ms Vardy as it has attracted media attention.

She said: “This story means that now everyone knows who Rebecca Vardy is and that for a bright, attractive woman with a strong character, this is a good platform on which she can build new stories.

“The next battlefield is docudrama. Rooney may have won the war, but Vardy can still win the peace.

“These two women are now bigger news than their superman husbands. It’s something. And all they do with it is play.”

Channel 4 recently announced that it has commissioned a two-part drama documentary that will show a dramatic reenactment of the court case.

In her decision, Ms. Judge Stein stated that she considered it necessary to treat Ms. Vardy’s testimony with “very considerable caution”.

She said there were “many instances where her testimony was clearly inconsistent with contemporary documentary evidence”, as well as other instances where Ms. Vardy “evaded”.

Ms Judge Stein added: “Ms Vardy was generally unwilling to make factual concessions, however implausible her testimony.

“This inevitably affects my general opinion of its credibility, although I was mindful that false evidence can be given to mask guilt or prove innocence.”