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Coleen Rooney's legal bill is soaring to £250,000, says a source, as she's ordered to pay others' legal fees on top of her own. This is the latest blow in their ongoing libel case in what's referred to as the 'Wagatha Christie' debacle.
The difficult news for the mum-of-four comes shortly after the release of Rooney—a documentary in which Coleen Rooney addressed Wayne Rooney's infidelities.
Despite Coleen's legal team's best efforts, a High Court Judge ruled that she couldn't add Rebekah's former agent Caroline Watt to the legal proceedings. Worse still, Mrs Justice Steyn also ordered that she had to foot the former agent's £65,000 legal bill.
Although the trial won't actually begin until May 2022, and judges pleading with the two women to drop the case—it appears that neither have any intention of dropping their cases.
Discussing the Liverpool native's mounting bills, a source told The Sun (opens in new tab), “As if losing this latest round of the legal battle and having to pay almost £70,000 to cover Caroline’s legal fees wasn’t bad enough, Coleen has now been stuck with another massive bill."
Coleen's legal team claimed that Caroline was involved in the alleged leaking of stories, about Coleen and her family, to The Sun. Allegations that hit the news like a tonne of bricks when the famous WAG shared a now-iconic post laying her claims bare.
Adding to the astronomical fees, the source continued, “As part of the ruling she is having to cover 20 percent of Becky’s legal bill for this hearing, which will be a minimum of 40k, and another 65,000 for Caroline plus 165k of her own costs."
They concluded, "It means, in total, she will be forking out a quarter of a million pounds—so far. The spiraling legal costs, in this case, are grotesque.”
The drama between the pair all began back in October, 2019 with Coleen posting on her social media accounts, explaining how she deduced that Rebekah was behind the leaks she wrote, "I have saved and screenshotted all the original stories which clearly show just one person has viewed them."
Finishing the lengthy post, the world gasped when she dropped the ultimate line, "It's ................ Rebekah Vardy's account."
The internet went wild and fans were deeply impressed by her amateur sleuthing abilities and her efforts gained her the monicker, 'Wagatha Christie.'
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