Coleen Rooney 'splashes out on luxury holiday after libel case win'
Coleen Rooney ‘splashes out on luxury family holiday after libel case win’ while Rebekah Vardy faces £4m bill over Wagatha Christie battle
Coleen Rooney has reportedly splashed out on luxury family holiday after her Wagatha Christie trial win.
The WAG, 36, is said to be ‘celebrating in style’ following her victory over Rebekah Vardy, which sees the latter face an estimated £4million bill.
According to The Sun, Coleen is set to jet away to the lavish five-star Mandarin Oriental Jumeira in Dubai with husband Wayne and their four children.
Celebrating: Coleen Rooney, 36, has reportedly splashed out on luxury family holiday after her Wagatha Christie trial win (pictured outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London in May)
A source told the publication: ‘Coleen’s clearly decided to put it to good use and relax in style.
‘Everyone knows she loves a holiday, sometimes she goes on a dozen a year, but this is something else.
‘Think luxury at the very highest end. They’ve flown out first class. No expense has been spared.’
MailOnline has contacted Coleen’s representatives for comment.
Sun-soaked: According to The Sun, Coleen is set to jet away to the lavish five-star Mandarin Oriental Jumeira in Dubai with husband Wayne and their four children (pictured last year)
Success: The WAG is said to be ‘celebrating in style’ following her victory over Rebekah Vardy , which sees the latter face an estimated £4million bill
With the drama ending in Coleen’s favour, it now falls to Rebekah and her footballer husband Jamie to foot the enormous bill and has already been ordered to pay £1.5million of her rival’s legal fees.
The WAG – whose reputation is in tatters after she scored one of the worst own goals in British legal history – is thought to have to find £800,000 by November 15.
But she’ll also have to pay her own eye-watering fees – which have been put at £2,017,860.
Oh no: It now falls to Rebekah and her footballer husband Jamie to foot the enormous bill and has already been ordered to pay £1.5million of her rival’s legal fees (Rebekah pictured in May)
In addition to approximately £200,000 of additional trial costs this could bring the final total to around £3.7m – although some estimates suggest it could exceed £4m.
It comes at the hands of a High Court judge who dismissed her evidence as ‘evasive or implausible’ in one of the most closely-followed cases in recent years.
She was accused of deliberately deleting WhatsApp messages central to the case as it was suggested her agent also intentionally dropped her phone in the North Sea.
Accusation: Rooney posted on Instagram accusing Vardy of leaking stories to The Sun newspaper following her own months-long ‘sting operation’
Wagatha Christie timeline: How Coleen and Rebekah’s war unfolded
September 2017 to October 2019 – The Sun runs a number of articles about Coleen, including that she travelled to Mexico to look into baby ‘gender selection’ treatment, her plan to revive her TV career and the flooding of her basement.
October 9, 2019 – Coleen uses social media to accuse Rebekah of selling stories from her private Instagram account to the tabloids. It prompts #WagathaChristie to start trending.
February 13, 2020 – In a tearful appearance on ITV’s Loose Women, Rebekah says the stress of the dispute caused her to have severe anxiety attacks and she ‘ended up in hospital three times’.
June 23, 2020 – It emerges that Rebekah has launched libel proceedings against Coleen.
November 19-20, 2020 – The libel battle has its first High Court hearing in London. A judge rules that Coleen’s October 2019 post ‘clearly identified’ Rebekah as being ‘guilty of the serious and consistent breach of trust’.
Mr Justice Warby concludes that the ‘natural and ordinary’ meaning of the posts was that Rebekah had ‘regularly and frequently abused her status as a trusted follower of Coleen’s personal Instagram account by secretly informing The Sun of Coleen’s private posts and stories’.
February 8-9, 2022 – A series of explosive messages between Rebekah and her agent Caroline Watt – which Coleen’s lawyers allege were about her – are revealed at a preliminary court hearing.
Coleen’s lawyers seek further information from the WhatsApp messages, but the court is told that Ms Watt’s phone fell into the North Sea after a boat she was on hit a wave, before further information could be extracted from it.
February 14 – Coleen is refused permission to bring a High Court claim against Ms Watt for misuse of private information to be heard alongside the libel battle. A High Court judge, Mrs Justice Steyn, says the bid was brought too late and previous opportunities to make the claim had not been taken.
April 13 – Ms Watt is not fit to give oral evidence at the upcoming libel trial, the High Court is told as the case returns for another hearing.
May 10 onwards – The trial began
July 29 – Rebekah Vardy lost her defamation case against Coleen Rooney, the judge ruled Mrs Rooney’s accusation was ‘substantially true’.
Vardy and her footballer husband were left with the bill after Mrs Justice Steyn ruled in favour of Rooney in a judgment that said swathes of her evidence given under oath had been ‘manifestly inconsistent’, ‘not credible’ and needed to be treated with ‘very considerable caution’.
She lost her high-profile libel claim against Rooney in July when Justice Steyn ruled that Rooney’s viral social media post accusing Vardy of leaking her private information to the press was ‘substantially true’.
It followed a viral social media post where Rooney had revealed she had put false stories on her Instagram page. These fake tales then emerged in The Sun newspaper.
Win: Justice Steyn ruled that Rooney’s viral social media post accusing Vardy of leaking private information was ‘substantially true’
Because she had changed her settings so only one user could see it she felt confident to make the famous declaration ‘it’s….Rebekah Vardy’s account’.
In an order made public last week, the judge ruled that Vardy should pay 90% of Rooney’s costs.
Rooney incurred total costs of more than £2 million, but £350,000 of those had already been racked up before the trial in May, so those were removed to produce a final figure of £1,667,860.
Vardy was ordered to pay £800,000 of the costs bill by 4pm on November 15.
Expensive: The WAG is thought to have to find £800,000 by November 15 (pictured with husband Jamie Vardy in October 2022)
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