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It seems clear Rachel Riley was hoping to bully me into submission before her excuse for a libel case ever got anywhere near a judge.

But now a courtroom clash between us is inevitable. She has filed proceedings and I have instructed my solicitors to respond.

The facts of the case will be heard by a judge – and by the national press, and it seems the general public may learn more about her than she would want.

If I win, she’ll have to pay her legal team – and will probably have to pay a contribution to my costs.

In the unlikely event that I lose, she will still have to pay her legal team as I’ve hardly got a bean to my name. And, having suffered the bad publicity that a court hearing will generate, will she really take a chance on the public reaction when it is reported that she – a rich celebrity – is trying to drive a poverty-stricken carer into bankruptcy?

So I think I was right to believe this is a battle between wealth and justice – that she expected to win because I could not afford the expense of a court hearing.

The trouble is, I still can’t afford it – yet. So Ms Riley may still have her way after all.

Everything depends on me being able to pay for a hearing.

We have already come a long way. Thanks to your help, my team has a case and we want it to be heard.

But we have to keep going – or wealth will defeat justice after all.

Will you take my appeal out again, to anyone who believes an honest man deserves a fair hearing?

You may know what comes next by heart:

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. 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 (but don’t feel bad if you can’t – I’m grateful for everything you’ve alread done).

The more we raise, the better the chance of winning.

And you’ve done so much already, I think we all deserve that chance.

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.

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/


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