The gossip-magazine and showbiz-column stories about Rachel Riley and her new baby are all very pleasant but they mask an unpleasant fact: she is still pursuing innocent people like This Writer and Jane Heybroek through the courts, for daring to point out her own bad behaviour.
Ms Heybroek is being sued for libel, because she retweeted a link to an article criticising Ms Riley for attacking a teenage girl – with anxiety problems – who dared to question the celebrity’s accusations of anti-Semitism against others.
Ms Heybroek’s case is on the “warned list” for a court hearing in the week beginning March 23. If it happens, a judge will hear arguments about the meaning of the article to which she linked.
After that, her case will have reached the same position as mine. I had my hearing in December. It referred to my own article about the same episode, and the judge ruled that most of it represented a classic expression of opinion. He said I would need to defend a few assertions of fact, but I foresee no difficulty in doing that – if I get the chance to do that in court.
For both of us, our difficulty is not the facts of the case – it is the cost of the case.
Defending against a libel suit costs an astronomical amount of money. When I launched my CrowdJustice campaign I made it clear that I think Ms Riley never intended for my case (or, now, Ms Heybroek’s) to actually reach court.
I think she expected us poverty-stricken plebs to be unable to afford a court case, meaning that she would win by the mere fact that her TV-derived wealth dwarfs ours. In effect, she would buy justice.
She has been wrong – so far. Thousands of people have rallied round to help out with tens of thousands of pounds of vital funding.
That’s what has kept her at bay. But now I reckon she has a new tactic.
I reckon she thinks that by restricting her public displays to pretty baby-related photoshoots, she’ll be able to starve my CrowdJustice campaign – and that of Ms Heybroek – of the funds we need; people will think she isn’t bothering with the court cases any more.
You know that isn’t true; she’s just carrying on her attack in the background.
So I must beg for your help to continue funding my defence in the courts. Here’s how:
Please consider making a donation yourself, via the CrowdJustice page.
Email five of your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site.
Post a link to Facebook, asking your friends to pledge.
On Twitter, you could tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.
On other social media platforms, please mention the campaign there, quoting the appeal address.
Rachel Riley may not be making as much noise as before, but she is still trying as hard as ever to harm innocent people. Are you going to let her?
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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