Rebekah Vardy is triumphant in the first stage of libel case as Coleen Rooney has to pay £23,000 in costs

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After Coleen Rooney infamously accused her of leaking untrue stories about her to the press, Rebekah Vardy has won the first stage of the legal action between the pair.

The mum-of-five, who is gearing up for her Dancing On Ice debut, can breathe a sigh of relief for now as she been victorious in the initial stages of the trial on Thursday.

Coleen's defence team said she had "reasonable grounds" to think Rebekah or anyone who had access to her Instagram account had broken her trust.

But the high court judge Mr Justice Warby agreed with Rebekah's lawyers that the post directly accused Rebekah of leaking the stories.

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Coming to a decision, Justice explained that Coleen's message was a straight forward allegation that "over a period of years Ms Vardy had regularly and frequently abused her status as a trusted follower of Ms Rooney's personal Instagram account."

The judge continued: "I certainly do not think that the ordinary reader would take the single word (account), albeit repeated, to indicate that Mrs Rooney remains in doubt about who the wrongdoer was.

"There is nothing in these words, apart from the word "account", that in any way suggests that the behaviour of which Mrs Rooney is complaining might have been carried out by anyone another than the account holder, Mrs Vardy."

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As a result of his ruling, Mr Justice Warby has instructed Coleen, 34, to pay Rebekah, 38, just under £23,000 in costs.

After the news was announced, a spokesperson for Coleen, who was reportedly feeling 'nervous' ahead of the trial, said: "Today's ruling on the technical legal meaning of the post changes nothing.

"Coleen’s defence to this misguided action was filed last month. It sets out clearly the facts of her case, which remain the same irrespective of any decision on the meaning.

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"The key issues of the case remain the three stories from Coleen’s private Instagram account published by The Sun and Rebekah’s relationship with the newspaper, including its “Secret Wag” column.

"After three years of stress and anxiety about the leaks from her private social media account, Coleen is keen to see progress made on the real issues, beginning with what Rebekah has to tell the court," the representative concluded.

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