Rachel Riley is dragging me back to court with an attempt to “strike out” some of my defences against her libel claims.
Even if she succeeds in any way (this is unlikely), the application to a High Court judge is procedurally pointless because it is unlikely to narrow down any of the arguments or evidence at trial.
It seems the intention is merely to delay the actual trial and run down the funds that you have so generously donated to help me refute her claims.
(Yet again we see that her case is most strongly based on the fact that she has more money than me and can afford to waste it – and time – on this nonsense, rather than on any factual evidence.)
I knew it might happen. Her legal team advised me that she was planning this move – but I responded with a quite detailed letter explaining why their arguments were not valid.
They have not engaged with any of the points I made; in fact it seems unlikely they even read the letter in any detail as their response makes inaccurate claims.
So now I must prepare for another unnecessary and expensive court hearing – this one likely to last a whole day – because of Ms Riley’s (in my opinion) vexatious behaviour.
And I have to go back to you and ask for more help to pay for it, when you’ve only just made a brilliant response to my last appeal. I was stunned by the generosity of contributions, in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis that has squeezed everybody’s finances, and I want to put my appreciation on the record.
The good news is that the “strike out” hearing is unlikely to happen in the immediate future; the bad news is I don’t know exactly when it will be, so I cannot plan a funding campaign of any length for it.
I can only make the same appeal as ever. So, please:
Consider making a donation yourself, if you can afford it, via my own CrowdJustice page.
Email your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site.
Post a link to Facebook, asking readers to pledge.
On Twitter, tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.
On other social media platforms, please mention the campaign there, quoting the appeal address.
I’m sitting here seething while I’m writing these words.
I think it is outrageous that Riley is doing this right after you have already contributed so much – and when it is hard for any of us to contribute more. It confirms my opinion that this case has absolutely nothing to do with justice.
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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