Now Rachel Riley wants me to pay £100,000 to cover her legal costs – on top of the £50,000 in damages a High Court judge has already awarded her.
I haven’t got anything like that kind of money. I am an online journalist with no huge corporate machine behind me – and a carer for my disabled partner, not a millionaire TV celebrity.
And I would not willingly cough it up, even if I did have it. The judgment against me is a mess. The judge has cherry-picked pieces of evidence that she thought would support her decision instead of having regard to all the circumstances of the case – as the law required her to do.
None of her findings explain why it would not be reasonable for me to have believed that publishing my article was in the public interest. She just made bald statements that my conclusions were unreasonable and expected me to swallow them.
I have spent the last week and a half analysing this dog’s dinner of a judgment and passing on my thoughts to my legal team. My Counsel is likely to start writing an appeal later this week, to be submitted to the Court of Appeal before the December 7 deadline.
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Riley is also facing the prospect of a libel action over her ill-advised tweet suggesting that I had been dishonest in my fundraising because I had not mentioned her confidential offer of a settlement.
I’m working on putting together the cash for that by other means. It does arise from this case but I think the money raised here should be focused on the appeal.
I’ll keep you updated on both matters – and I hope the news will be good.
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