In my previous update, I drew your attention to the fact that Rachel Riley’s solicitor reckons my CrowdJustice page is an “aggravating” factor in the libel she reckons I have committed against her.
This information comes in a letter that doesn’t actually assert that any of my claims about her are untrue.
Apparently my mention of the facts of the case here means the upset and harm caused to her was “greatly exacerbated”.
It’s nice to know this page is so popular (and it certainly does seem to be, as I’ll explain shortly).
Her supporters’ club – a network of Twitter trolls, mostly anonymous – was certainly watching when I reported that Ms Riley had filed proceedings against me. And they were desperate to put people off donating to my cause.
“Hey if you want to prove a fool and his money are easily separated then fund this racist who was expelled from labour. That’s right to [sic] antisemitic even for them,” tweeted an anonymous troll calling him/herself ‘The Caped Joo Sader. And he tagged in Ms Riley and Tracy Ann Oberman for good measure.
It was an obvious attempt to discourage you from helping me – and part of an attempted ‘dogpile’ – in which a co-ordinated group of Twitter trolls gang up on a victim and abuse that person in such a way that no response is possible.
And it failed spectacularly.
My appeal has gained more than £3,000 – in hundreds of new donations – in the slightly-more-than-24-hours since my last report.
I think the reason is clear from the following comment, made by a donor who shall remain heroic: “Solidarity! More people are rooting for you than you’ll ever hear about.”
I’m extremely grateful for every penny – and I need them all. With the next stage of this affair likely to cost more than £20,000 alone, I need at least another £13,000 to mount an effective defence.
So I have to repeat my appeal:
If you haven’t done so already, please email five of your friends, asking them to pledge to this case. If you have, please email five more.
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.
And if you can afford it, please consider pledging some more cash yourself.
Ms Riley wants to claim damages of £50,000, with more than £100,000 likely in costs – for the heinous crime of telling the world what she has done. Let’s send her a clear message in response.
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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