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I have good news and bad news.

The good news is that neither I nor my solicitors have heard anything from those acting for Rachel Riley and Tracy Ann Oberman since late April. We sent a letter in early May that has received no response.

This suggests that they may have decided not to take any further action – and this would make sense as a court trial would involve discussion of the complainants’ behaviour that would certainly prove to be deeply embarrassing to them.

The bad news is that the rules mean they may hold the threat of a trial over me until May 2020.

They have one year from the date I published my article to issue their claim form – and four months in which to issue it after that date.

This means I need to keep my defence fund topped up – which means I must ask you to keep donating to it and keep sharing the appeal so other people can find out about it and make their own contribution.

The response since I started this appeal has been overwhelming. I have no doubt that the fact it has received nearly 1,000 individual donations has given my opponents cause to reconsider their approach.

If they thought public opinion would be on their side, it seems clear they were wrong.

And as further posts on Twitter are solidifying views against them, it seems unlikely that public opinion will swing into their favour.

But I must plan for the possibility that they will continue their attack anyway.

Those of you who have been following this matter from the start may know the following by heart:

If you haven’t done so already, please email five of your friends, asking them to pledge to this case.

You could also post a link to Facebook, asking your friends to pledge. Again, the address is https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/

If you’re on Twitter, you could tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

It seems we have the initiative at the moment. Let’s not lose it.

Please help ensure this nonsense is squashed.

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.


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