It seems Rachel Riley is serious in wanting to drag me back to court – but her application to strike out my defence against her libel claims is not.
It’s risible – ridiculous.
You’ll be aware that the core of the case is a dialogue between Ms Riley and a teenage girl who has been anonymised in other recent court actions involving the TV game-player as “R”.
Ms Riley’s complaint appears to be that “R” started an argument, Ms Riley was perfectly pleasant to “R” and Ms Riley cannot be held responsible for the actions of others who tweeted abuse to the girl while the dialogue was taking place and afterwards. Consequently, she says, I cannot prove that she incited anyone to do anything and she does not have to prove that she did not incite anyone.
It is easy to disprove these claims. For one, I’m not trying to make Ms Riley prove anything – quite the opposite, in fact. It is also arguable that Ms Riley’s arguments are unsuitable for a “strike-out” application as they concern matters that should properly be discussed in the trial.
But I will have to go back to court to show this – and soon. The hearing is likely to take place online (due to the Covid-19 lockdown), probably before the end of July.
This means I need to be sure I can cover my legal costs within two months. These are likely to be similar to those of my last hearing – around £13,000-£17,000 if I recall correctly.
It’s cash that I shouldn’t have to spend, but I have no choice if I am to take my case all the way to a trial. Remember that it is Rachel Riley who is forcing me to spend this money – and her behaviour is just another reason to oppose her.
On the “plus” side, fundraising on the CrowdJustice site has been very good over the last month or so, and this makes me optimistic about raising the necessary amount.
But you know what’s coming next. 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.
This application to strike out my defence seems an act of desperation.
It won’t help Ms Riley – and it offers me an opportunity to make a few changes too.
Please help me take that opportunity to give Ms Riley and her friends a nasty surprise.
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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