Disney+ buys a documentary about the ‘Wagatha Christie’ saga

A blockbuster court case over who had access to a celebrity’s Instagram Stories will be the subject of a new documentary on Disney+. Wagatha Christie tells the story of TV presenter Coleen Rooney, who is married to Wayne Rooney, former Manchester United and England football superstar (and current DC United manager). After stories about the Rooney’s life were leaked to the press, stories only seemingly communicated via private Instagram Stories messages, Coleen decided to do detective work. After a lengthy sorting process, Rooney believed the source of the leaks was Rebekah Vardy, the wife of Leicester and former England star Jamie Vardy.

The case, which has taken on a new and distinct character thanks to social media, was then sparked after Rooney publicly revealed that Vardy was the source of the leaks. In a single tweet that included a screenshot essay, Rooney explained how she’d narrowed down the options with a series of fake stories targeting ever-smaller Instagram groups of close friends. The disclosure prompted Vardy to sue Rooney for defamation, but Vardy managed to significantly weaken her own case after failing to provide the data requested at trial.

(Oh, for those who don’t know, WAG is an acronym for “wives and girlfriends,” a derisive term used to refer to the soccer player’s partners, often while playing for the national team. Agatha Christie is the Author of a number of famous detective stories, including the Poirot and Miss Marple series. Don’t say the British don’t like a good pun every now and then.)

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