Coleen Rooney wants no compensation or retribution after the “Wagatha Christie” defamation trial, according to her attorney, who said she was “just glad it’s over and she can get on with her life.”
On Friday, Rebekah Vardy lost her libel case against Rooney after a scathing High Court ruling branded her an “untrustworthy witness” who likely had deliberately destroyed potentially vital evidence.
Vardy now faces a sizable court bill said to be worth around £3million after Ms Justice Steyn concluded she was likely colluding with her agent to leak stories from Rooney’s private Instagram account to the Sun.
Rooney is reportedly in “advanced talks” about a documentary series on the process with a possible deal with either Netflix or Amazon Prime.
Rooney’s attorney, Paul Lunt, said Saturday his client’s “sole objective” was to prevent her privacy from being invaded.
“Coleen didn’t want that to happen,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today program. “She didn’t want that to happen. She wants no compensation, no retribution, she never wanted that, she just wanted the intrusion she saw on her private life to stop and that was her only goal and focus.
“She has no remaining target, certainly she doesn’t need compensation or claims or anything like that. She’s just glad it’s over and she can get on with her life.”
Lunt, head of litigation at law firm Brabners, said they tried to settle the case but as a defendant Rooney, whose husband is former England footballer Wayne, had “very limited options”.
“You can either defend or surrender,” he added. “And Coleen wasn’t in favor of capitulating, but we tried our best to see if there was some middle ground that could be found and unfortunately we didn’t manage to succeed on that front.”
He claimed that according to court costs budgets, the reported £3million for legal costs was “a gross overestimate”.
“The figures there are on record, £3million is a gross overestimate and does not represent those figures. I can’t speak for what Mrs Rooney put out on the case, I can only know what I know on my side of things.”
He also said Vardy, whose husband is Leicester City footballer Jamie, could face “certain follow-up issues” after attempts were made to bring Sun journalists into the lawsuit. But that would be “to be resolved between the Sun and Mrs Vardy”.
Asked about reports of a Netflix special, Lunt said he’s had a lot of speaking engagements, adding, “If they’re all telling me the truth, there’ll be a lot of documentaries being made.” But he said he’s “certainly not engaged to any of them , and I’d be news if Coleen got engaged to either of them.”
On Friday, Rooney welcomed her victory but said she “never believed it should have gone to court”.
A three-year battle with Vardy ensued after Rooney undertook a “stab” operation to find out who was leaking stories about her. After posting the words “It’s……Rebekah Vardy’s account” on Instagram, she was sued for defamation by Vardy, who refused to provide information to the Sun.