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Rebekah Vardy criticises ‘unjust’ libel loss in Wagatha Christie case and ‘cannot accept’ judgment

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Rebekah Vardy has released a statement saying she is “extremely sad and disappointed” at the judge’s decision on her libel claim against Coleen Rooney.

Ms Vardy said in the statement that the judge “got it wrong” and she could not accept the ruling.

“I am extremely sad and disappointed at the decision that the judge has reached,” she said.

“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.”

Ms Vardy has not yet confirmed whether she will appeal the ruling.

The reality TV star also used her statement to issue a plea to those who have subjected her to abuse to stop, and indicated she does not intend to appeal against the ruling, saying “the case is over”.

She said: “As I explained in my evidence I, my family and even my unborn baby, were subjected to disgusting messages and vile abuse following Coleen’s Post and these have continued even during the course of the trial.

“Please can the people who have been abusing me and my family now stop. The case is over.

“I want to thank everyone who has supported me.”

The judge said it was “likely” that Ms Vardy’s agent at the time, Caroline Watt, “undertook the direct act” of passing the information to The Sun but Vardy “knew of and condoned this behaviour actively engaging in it.”

Ms Justice Steyn said in her ruling: “In my judgment, the conclusions that I have reached as to the extent to which the claimant engaged in disclosing to The Sun information to which she only had access as a permitted follower of an Instagram account which she knew, and Mrs Rooney repeatedly asserted, was private, suffice to show the single meaning is substantially true.”

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