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Coleen Rooney goes make-up free as she dodges the rain in Cheshire – while Rebekah Vardy ‘faces £1.5MILLION in legal bills’ after losing libel ‘trial of the century’

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Coleen Rooney dodged the rain on Tuesday morning as she stepped out in Cheshire, amid claims that Rebekah Vardy has been left high and dry with a massive legal bill after losing their recent libel trial. 

The mother-of-four looked relaxed in a hooded top and leggings during an appearance in leafy Wilmslow, not far from the sprawling purpose built mansion she shares with husband Wayne and their children.  

Opting to go make-up free, Coleen, 36, caught the eye as she attempted to avoid the wet weather while heading back to her car. 

Here she comes: Coleen Rooney dodged the rain on Tuesday as she stepped out in Cheshire, amid claims that Rebekah Vardy has been left with a massive bill after losing their libel trial

Here she comes: Coleen Rooney dodged the rain on Tuesday as she stepped out in Cheshire, amid claims that Rebekah Vardy has been left with a massive bill after losing their libel trial

Her appearance comes as Vardy – the wife of Leicester City striker Jamie – reportedly faces a £1.5million legal bill towards her costs following their ‘Wagatha Christie’ High Court libel battle.

The 40-year-old – whose reputation is in tatters after she scored one of the worst own goals in British legal history – will have to find £800,000 of it in weeks.

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.

Low-key: The mother-of-four looked relaxed in a hooded top and leggings during an appearance in leafy Wilmslow

Low-key: The mother-of-four looked relaxed in a hooded top and leggings during an appearance in leafy Wilmslow

She's off: Opting to go make-up free, Coleen caught the eye as she attempted to avoid the wet weather while heading back to her car

She’s off: Opting to go make-up free, Coleen caught the eye as she attempted to avoid the wet weather while heading back to her car

Husband: Wayne Rooney was seen stepping out in Virginia on Monday

Husband: Wayne Rooney was seen stepping out in Virginia on Monday

Husband: Wayne Rooney was seen stepping out in Virginia on Monday

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. 

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’.

Costly: Her appearance comes as Rebekah Vardy reportedly faces a £1.5million legal bill towards her costs following their 'Wagatha Christie' High Court libel battle

Costly: Her appearance comes as Rebekah Vardy reportedly faces a £1.5million legal bill towards her costs following their ‘Wagatha Christie’ High Court libel battle 

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’.

Accusation: Rooney posted on Instagram accusing Vardy of leaking stories to The Sun newspaper following her own months-long 'sting operation'

Accusation: Rooney posted on Instagram accusing Vardy of leaking stories to The Sun newspaper following her own months-long ‘sting operation’

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.

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 on Tuesday, 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.

Close: Wayne Rooney regularly accompanied his wife Coleen to the trial, unlike Rebekah Vardy's husband, Jamie

Close: Wayne Rooney regularly accompanied his wife Coleen to the trial, unlike Rebekah Vardy’s husband, Jamie

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