Rebekah Verdi’s loss in defamation case ‘total disaster’ for her reputation – lawyer


Ebqa Vardy’s failed misconduct case against Coleen Rooney is a “total disaster” for her reputation and “as damaging as can be”, a media lawyer has said.

Jonathan Codd said Mrs Vardy, who is married to Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, had “severely damaged” any future endorsements or television work.

On Friday, Mrs Justice Steyn dismissed Mrs Vardy’s defamation claim she made against Mrs Rooney over a post that went viral on social media.

Colleen and Wayne Rooney (Yui Mok/PA) / PA Wire

Code told the PA news agency: “It’s a complete disaster for Rebecca Vardy. It really can’t get any worse.

“But of course, it’s made worse by the fact that she was a volunteer for him and she was a suitor, so she was bringing him.

“But it turned out to be as damaging as it could be because not only has the judge found that she was actually doing what she was accused of doing, which is not good, the judge has also found that His evidence was unreliable, which is court euphemism for ‘it’s not true’.

“But also, I think now her chances of getting endorsements and working on television are seriously hurt, because her brand is so damaged.”

Mr Codd believes it is possible for Mrs Verdi to repair her reputation to some extent because “the public has a capacity to forgive”, but he does not think she will fully undo the damage.

Mark Stephens, a leading reputation management lawyer, agreed that Mrs Vardy “will rue the day she brings this case” and believes she should be “forever branded a fishwife and a gossip”. As she has been judging.”

Rebecca and Jamie Vardy (Yui Mok/PA) / PA Wire

Mr. Stephens, a partner at Howard Kennedy and a reputation management expert, thinks Ms. Verdi’s reputation is beyond repair.

He told the PA news agency: “She would be very sensible to live a quiet life on a remote island because whenever she appears in the media, she is always labeled as ‘Gossip Rebecca Verdi’, ‘Traitor.’ Marked by Rebekah Vardy’s trust.

“These kinds of poems will live with him for some time to come.”

Mr Stephens said that although Mrs Verdi would be more affected, he believed Mrs Rooney would not come out of the trial unscathed.

He added: “Colin Rooney, who was deeply hurt by a lot of what he read and heard, will be seeing this as a victory but frankly, these kinds of Wagatha spots are really a public forensic test in court. are not susceptible to. harming both parties.”

The so-called Wagatha Christie trial became a social media and press sensation as the wives of the two footballers continued to fight their cases.

Mr Stephens said high-profile celebrity cases like this and the recent Johnny Depp and Amber Heard cases should serve as a reminder that celebrity reputations have the potential to be “seriously damaged”.

A court artist sketch during a hearing (Elizabeth Cook/PA) / PA Wire

“A lawyer’s job is to hit you brick by brick and in this case, both lawyers did that, both lawyers took the devious attitude that they are paid to do,” he said.

Ayesha Wardag, a lawyer with reputation and private practice, argued that the case was not entirely a loss for Mrs Verdi because of the media attention it brought.

She said: “This story means that everyone now knows who Rebecca Verdi is, and that, for a bright, attractive woman with a strong personality, there is a good platform on which to tell new stories. can make

“The next battlefield is docudrama. Rooney may have won the war, but it’s still open to Verdi to win the peace.

“These two women are now big news with their Superman husbands. It’s quite something. And all they do with it is play.

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

In her judgement, Mrs Justice Steyn said she considered it necessary to treat Ms Vardy’s evidence with “the utmost caution”.

He said there were “many occasions when her evidence was clearly inconsistent with contemporary documentary evidence” and others where Ms Verdi was “disgusting”.

Mrs Justice Stein added: “Ms Vardy was generally unwilling to make factual concessions, even though her evidence was unconvincing.

“This inevitably affects my overall view of his credibility, although I bear in mind that false evidence may be given to conceal guilt or strengthen innocence.”