Vagata Christie’s verdict due today – here are 10 key moments of the trial

The long-awaited verdict in the Wagata Christie libel case involving Colin Rooney (36) and Rebecca Vardy (40) is due around noon today.

The events leading up to the trial and the trial itself have made it one of the most hotly debated and exciting celebrity sagas in recent memory.

Even the most dedicated subscribers can be forgiven for missing out on some details, so here’s a recap of real-life soap opera highlights.

1. How it started

On October 9, 2019, Colin Rooney, wife of former Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney, blew up social media by posting on Twitter accusing Rebecca Vardy, wife of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, of leaking personal information about her. british tabloid, Sun.

Ms Rooney said she suspects one of her personal Instagram followers was leaking information to the paper that could only be seen in her Instagram posts. She blocked all of her other followers and began posting false stories over the course of several months to see if they would appear in print.

In a series of tweets on that faithful October day, Ms Rooney wrote: “You know what, they did!”

“I saved and took screenshots of all the original stories, which clearly show that only one person viewed them. This is… Rebecca Vardy.

Ms Vardy, then pregnant with her fifth child, denied the allegations and said that various people had access to her Instagram over the years.

She claimed she was “so upset” by Ms Rooney’s accusation, later adding, “I thought she was my friend, but she completely destroyed me.”

Public controversy headlines insanely around the world, with the hashtag #WagathaChristie trending.

2. Escalation

In February of that year, while tearfully appearing on ITV’s Loose Women, Ms Vardy said that the stress of the argument caused her to have severe panic attacks and “end up in the hospital three times”.

Ms Rooney released a statement saying she did not want to “engage in further public debate”.

In June of that year, it emerged that Ms. Vardy had filed a libel case against Ms. Rooney.

Lawyers for Ms. Vardy argued that she “experienced extreme anguish, pain, anxiety and embarrassment as a result of the publication of the post and the events that followed.”

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Rebecca and Jamie Vardy arrive at the Crown Court in London, where a high-profile libel battle between Rebecca Vardy and Colin Rooney continues. Photo date: Tuesday, May 17, 2022

3. Pre-trial hearings

A series of explosive communications between Ms. Vardy and her agent, Caroline Watt, which Ms. Rooney’s lawyers allege were about her, were uncovered in a preliminary court hearing in February this year.

The court was told that Ms Vardy was not referring to Ms Rooney when she called someone a “nasty bitch” in the same conversation with Ms Watt.

Ms Rooney’s lawyers are seeking more information in WhatsApp messages, but the court was told Ms Watt’s phone fell into the North Sea after the boat she was on hit a wave before more information could be extracted from it .

In April, the court was told that Ms. Watt could not give oral evidence in her upcoming libel trial as the case was remanded for a new hearing.

The agent withdrew permission to use her testimony and withdrew his refusal, which would have allowed Sun reporters to say if she was the source of the allegedly leaked stories.

Ms Vardy later “appears to agree” that her agent was the source of the allegedly leaked stories, Ms Rooney’s lawyer David Sherborne told the High Court.

He argued that new witness testimony presented by Ms. Vardy suggested that Ms. Watt was the source, but Ms. Vardy claims she “did not permit or condone her”.

Ms Vardy’s lawyer, Hugh Tomlinson, said the statement did not contain “any change in the case as reported” because her legal team did not communicate with Ms Watt.

4. The trail begins

On May 10, Ms Vardy and Ms Rooney meet face to face in court as their libel trial takes place in London’s Crown Court before Judge Stein. Both women testify as revelations about the case make daily headlines.

For three days, Ms. Vardy was tortured by Ms. Rooney’s lawyer, David Sherborne, who repeatedly accused Ms. Vardy of “lying” under oath.

“You’re making all this up, aren’t you, Miss Vardy? and “That’s a lie, isn’t it?” he said repeatedly.

“No, I’m not lying at all,” Ms Vardy replied, changing the tactics used by Mr Sherborne.

Discussing the messaging with Ms. Watt, Rebecca Vardy said, “To be honest, I can’t remember.”

“I would prefer you to be honest, because you are sitting as a witness in court,” objected Mr. Sherborne.

5. Commentary on Chipolata by Peter Andre

In a deplorable and memorable moment in the lawsuit, pop star Peter Andre was once again thrust into the spotlight when Ms Rooney’s lawyer tried to prove Ms Vardy’s apparent disregard for people’s privacy.

“Peter is sagging like a little chipolata, shaved, drooling, lasts five minutes,” Sherborne said, reading the headline from a 2004 News of The World interview with Ms. Vardy, where she discussed her old relationship with Mr. Andre.

He went on to read excerpts from the article aloud in court, where Ms. Vardy said that Peter had “the smallest pants I’ve ever seen.”

Ms. Vardy later called the interview one of her “biggest regrets” and Peter Andre responded to the comments by telling his Instagram followers: “Do you know how hard it is to keep biting your lips in situations?

“At least now she admits it’s not true. And I had to say it.”

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Colin Rooney arrives at the Crown Court in London where a high-profile libel battle between Rebecca Vardy and Colin Rooney continues. Photo date: Monday, May 16, 2022

6 Davy Jones reference

Accusing Ms. Vardy of destroying key evidence, Ms. Rooney’s lawyer made a maritime exile that flew over Ms. Vardy’s head.

On the third day of the trial, Sherborne said the messages on her agent’s phone could not be received because they were “now in Davy Jones’ locker.”

A perplexed Rebecca Vardy sincerely replied, “Who is Davy Jones?”

7. “Arguing with Colin Rooney is like arguing with a dove.”

After Ms. Rooney’s big reveal post in 2019, Rebecca Vardy gave an explosive interview to reporters. daily mailwhich was read in court.

“Arguing with Colin Rooney is like arguing with a dove. You can tell him you’re right and that’s wrong, but it will still shit in your hair,” Ms Vardy told the Daily Mail.

Speaking in court, she responded to the comments by saying somewhat: “At the time I was talking to [the Daily Mail journalist] I didn’t know what to think, I didn’t know what to believe… I couldn’t think right the day after it happened.”

After posting in 2019, Ms. Rooney shared a separate message with her personal Instagram followers, writing: “Don’t play games with a girl who can play better.”

Referring to the report in court, Ms Rooney said: “I felt like I found out who it was… It was a quote that I found and I posted it and that was what I did.”

8. Rooney stands his ground

The court inevitably drew attention to two of England’s Euro 2016 strikers, but in opposite camps.

During the speech, Wayne Rooney said he was asked to have an “awkward” conversation with Jamie Vardy about his wife. He said that then-England manager Roy Hodgson wanted Rebecca Vardy to “calm down” her media activism during the tournament.

“So I agreed to speak to Mr. Vardy… to ask him to tell his wife to calm down,” he said.

However, Ms. Vardy’s legal team denied the conversation ever took place, to which Wayne Rooney responded, “I’m sitting here under oath. I spoke 100% with Mr. Vardy about this situation.”

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Rebecca Vardy arrives at London’s Crown Court for a high-profile libel battle between Rebecca Vardy and Colin Rooney. Photo date: Friday, May 13, 2022

9. “Wayne is talking nonsense”

Ignoring the situation of the Leicester City scorer who lay to his death, who only appeared on the court the day Wayne Rooney spoke, issued a heated statement outside the courthouse accusing Rooney of “talking nonsense”.

“Wayne is talking nonsense. He must be confused because he never spoke to me about the issues regarding Becky’s work with the media at Euro 2016,” said Jamie Vardy.

After the spat, both Vardies left court early, with Ms Vardy’s legal team saying it was because she was “not feeling very well”.

10. Wardy-Watt Message Released

Some of the long-awaited communications between Ms Vardy and her agent Caroline Watt have been exposed in court. Following Coleen Rooney’s infamous Twitter post, Ms. Watt tweeted Ms. Vardy saying, “Text her now and ask what the fuck is x.”

“Wow, this is war x,” Ms. Vardy replied.

“You will have to say that you don’t tell anyone about it, but that lately your instagram page is even following people you don’t follow… Just say that you allowed the company to access it for sponsored posts and former social networks. a media agency that we also worked with,” added Ms. Watt.