Date set for preliminary hearing in Riley libel case

I know judges don’t actually use gavels in UK courts. This is just a representative image.

A preliminary trial in Rachel Riley’s libel case against me is to take place on December 11.

This is the hearing to decide the meaning of the words in my article that Ms Riley claims are libellous, and whether those words were statements of fact or of honest opinion.

It is the hearing that would have taken place on October 11, if Ms Riley’s legal team had not insisted on what was, in my opinion, an ultimately-meaningless and time-wasting ‘directions’ hearing (the Judge decided in favour of the case progressing as I had previously requested).

And it is vitally important. The result of this hearing will determine how the case is heard at the full trial that may follow.

It is, therefore, crucial that I and my legal team have the funds to carry out our defence, so I am appealing to you yet again:

Follow the following instructions, if you would still like to help me win:

Email five of your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site. The address is

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And if you can afford it, please consider pledging some cash yourself.

We are coming to the end, now.

I have said from the start that this is about money – that it seems clear Ms Riley wanted to buy justice by taking me to court in the belief that I would not have the funds to defend myself.

It is only because of you, and people like you, that I have managed to get this far.

And my future success – or failure – is still in your hands.

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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1 thought on “Date set for preliminary hearing in Riley libel case

  1. Gary

    Are you aware of the libel case against Kezia Dugdale? The former Scottish Labour leader called a blogger a homophobe which he was clearly able to demonstrate was untrue and that was publicly known. Her remarks were politically motivated but weren’t made under parliamentary privilege, they were made, initially in her newspaper column.

    At the start of her case she was given the full financial backing of the Labour Party, this later changed but, instead of settling out of court for a small amount and an apology she decided to go the whole road with it.

    To everyone’s shock and astonishment she (partially) won her case. It hinged, essentially, on her being too stupid to have realised her error. However, since the case she has represented herself as having won the point that the blogger WAS a homophobe and continues to repeat the accusation. Whilst many have characterised the entire case as being political there may still be some relevance to your own.

    Her case SHOULD have been clearly unwinnable but she ‘got away with it’

    What I’m saying is, if SHE can win with lies, YOU can win with the truth…

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