Rebekah Vardy says judge ‘got it wrong & I can’t accept it’ after Wagatha defeat as Coleen says ‘I bear her no ill will’

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DEFEATED Rebekah Vardy today insisted the judge “got it wrong” after she lost her epic Wagatha Christie case against Coleen Rooney.

Rebekah went head-to-head in an explosive £3million showdown with Coleen after she was accused of leaking stories to the press.

She was savaged by a judge after Coleen won the landmark libel case – bringing an end to the three-year saga.

Rebekah, 40, has now insisted the judge “got it wrong” in a statement released after her loss.

She said: “I am extremely sad and disappointed at the decision that the judge has reached.

“It is not the result that I had expected, nor believe was just. I brought this action to vindicate my reputation and am devastated by the judge’s finding.

“The judge accepted that publication of Coleen’s post was not in the ‘public interest’ and she also rejected her claim that I was the ‘Secret Wag’.

“But as for the rest of her judgement, she got it wrong and this is something I cannot accept.”

It comes after Coleen revealed she was “pleased” with the ruling but said she “never believed” the case should have gone to court “at such expense in times of hardship for so many people when the money could have been far better spent helping others”.

Coleen told how she was left with “no alternative” but to go through with the case to “defend” herself and end the leaking of stories.

She added: “Both before and after my social media posts in October 2019, I made every effort to avoid the need for such a drawn out and public court case. All my attempts to do so were knocked back by Mrs (Rebekah) Vardy.

“These leaks from my private Instagram account began in 2017. They continued for almost two years, intruding on my privacy and that of my family.

“Although I bear Mrs Vardy no ill-will, today’s judgment makes clear that I was right in what I said in my posts of October 2019.

“Finally, I would like to thank all of my legal team, my family, friends and everyone who supported me, including the public, through this difficult and stressful time.”

In her judgment, Mrs Justice Steyn said Coleen’s viral “reveal” post was “substantially true” and in the public interest.

She also said Rebekah “knew of, condoned and was actively engaged” in leaks to the media by her agent Caroline Watts.

The judge found Rebekah “deliberately withheld evidence” during the trial and that the deletion of WhatsApp messages central to the case was “deliberate rather than accidental”.

Mrs Justice Steyn also said her evidence was “manifestly inconsistent” with other evidence on “many occasions”.

Rebekah was “generally unwilling to make factual concessions” while on the stand, the judgment read.

Mrs Justice Steyn said: “It was evident that Mrs Vardy found the process of giving evidence stressful and, at times, distressing.

“Nevertheless, I find that it is, unfortunately, necessary to treat Mrs Vardy’s evidence with very considerable caution.

“There were many occasions when her evidence was manifestly inconsistent with the contemporaneous documentary evidence, e.g. in relation to the World Cup 2018 and the photoshopped pictures, and others where she was evasive.”

The judge also pointed out she “frequently abused her status as a trusted follower” of Coleen’s private Instagram.

She added: “I also accept that Ms Rooney believed, having given several warnings on her private Instagram account, as well as a public warning, that it was in the public interest to publish the Reveal Post.”

Rebekah, 40, will now be forced to cough up and pay her rival’s multi-million pound legal costs after the court ruled she had leaked stories to the press.

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