Mike to appeal after High Court judge strikes out defence against Riley libel accusation

Rachel Riley’s libel case against me has taken another twist after a High Court judge decided to strike out all of my defence.

I now have to take the case to the Court of Appeal, which will cost a considerable amount of money.

I also have to pay Riley’s costs relating to the strike-out application. The amount is under discussion and my solicitor has suggested £10,000 as a potential starting-point if I need to make an interim payment.

This is a bitter blow. But it is not a defeat.

My legal team and I have good reason to believe that the decision can be overturned.

But – and I am really sorry to put this on you – we cannot do a single thing without more funds.

It is as I have said all along. Justice is now an incredibly expensive plaything for the rich, and if – like me – you are not a millionaire then you are unlikely to get it.

Rachel Riley knew this when she launched her case against me.

This case has always been about showing that people can win if we all stand together against injustice, and that has never been more true than now.

The average donation to the CrowdJustice fund is just £20. Not a huge amount at all. But thousands of people contributed and it got me a long way.

If you all contributed just £20 more, I could take this back to court and demonstrate why my defences – all of them – should be reinstated.

Will you stand up for justice?

Will you help me?

Or do you want to give up, and let everything we have done so far go to waste?

(I think I know the answer to that last question!)

For those who don’t know how to help, here’s how it works:

Consider making a donation yourself, if you can afford it, via the 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.

This is the most desperate moment in the case so far.

If Riley wins, it means rich celebrities will have judicial support for the kind of activities that so bitterly harmed the teenage girl in this case.

I cannot allow that to happen without taking action. You have given me every reason to believe you feel the same.

It’s time to rally.

It’s time to make it all worthwhile.

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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10 thoughts on “Mike to appeal after High Court judge strikes out defence against Riley libel accusation

  1. Martyn Meacham

    It does seem that the government and judiciary really hate socialists. Those who speak the truth. Looks like justice is dead in this country, unless one is part of the crooked and corrupt, self serving establishment.

      1. Malcolm James

        I haven’t read the judgement but the whole thing smacks of being a political decision. Judges can easily reason backwards from a gut decision to provide a legal rationale and I would be interested to know Judge Rice Collins’s background and affiliations.

      2. Martin Odoni

        I have to concede, I do see one or two points the judge makes. Riley possibly feels she is being blamed for bullying that was actually the fault of Tracy-Ann Oberman. (Although that does rather leave open the mystery of why doesn’t she disown Oberman, and end the ridiculous dog-piling double-act they’ve been on Twitter for the last couple of years then?) That famous string of harassing tweets by Oberman directed to the 16-year-old girl, who was simultaneously getting piled on, was deeply disturbing, but not a great deal of it was Riley’s fault per se. (If Riley were really worried about right and wrong, instead of power, she would surely have asked Oberman to pack it in, but the Law, alas, does not require that.)

        Now, that is a reason to QUESTION the defence. What I can’t quite understand is why it is a reason to STRIKE OUT the defence, and not to cross-examine it in court, and thus establish whether that is really the case? Whether Riley was more to blame than Oberman is one question, whether that makes Riley actually innocent is quite another, especially given she has a long and putrid history of triggering very real Twitter pile-ons.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      She would, wouldn’t she?

      (She hasn’t. This was an application, not a trial. And I’m going to reverse it in the Court of Appeal.)

    1. Martin Odoni

      You can blame the Tories for at least some of that. They got rid of legal aid, and making it so expensive to get legal representation that you are compelled to ask for financial support from the public instead.

      As for ‘libelling’, you had now better hope that Riley does win in court, because if she doesn’t, YOU have opened yourself up to charges of libel as well.

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