Riley libel defence: nearly £200k raised – but she’s STILL trying to deplete the fund

The trial could be soon: please help ensure that I’m ready for it (and yes, we all know that UK courts don’t actually use a gavel – this image is purely illustrative).

This Writer’s CrowdJustice fund is approaching a huge milestone with nearly £200,000 raised to defend me against Rachel Riley’s false libel claim.

We’re not there yet, and I still desperately need every single penny to fight the tactics of her legal team – because they are still trying to deplete the resources you are providing by pestering my solicitor with nonsense.

We all know what Riley thinks of you, because she has told us. She thinks you “range from hardcore antisemites citing ‘lying malicious Zionists,’ to vulnerable people with little income to spare, who have all donated money based on false claims”.

Perhaps that explains why she feels free to waste your hard-earned but generously-donated cash by making pointless demands.

The most recent of these concerned a tweet from October 2019, in which I replied to requests for a link to the article that Riley reckons is libellous (but remember – she hasn’t proved anything so you all have every right to read it).

Riley wanted to see that tweet’s analytics. How many people saw it? How many followed the link? How many interacted with it in other ways?

It doesn’t matter. She already knows how many people have read the article because I have already told her. Other responses to the tweet – such as likes and comments – are visible to everybody. Total number of engagements? 29.

For this information she has instructed her lawyers to pester my solicitor, meaning I have to pay him possibly hundreds of pounds for the time he’s had to spend asking me what I want to do about it and writing letters of response.

It achieves nothing other than to waste the money that you want to see funding my defence in a trial. That’s not my solicitor’s fault; it’s Riley who is creating work for no reason.

Riley feels justified in doing this, it seems to me, because she thinks you are “hardcore antisemites” and “vulnerable people” fooled by “false claims” – and because she has plenty of spare cash to waste on bids to stop this case from reaching a courtroom.

And this is the nub of the matter.

I think Rachel Riley knows that, if I get to speak my piece in a courtroom, the facts of this case will be hugely – and justifiably – damaging to her. Despite being responsible for court proceedings against me, I think she is terrified of what will happen if the facts go before a judge.

So we get silly nonsense like this. And the only way to stop it is by making absolutely sure that my defence is fully funded.

Here’s how we do that – as I’m sure most of you already know:

Make a donation yourself, via the CrowdJustice page. Keep donating regularly until you see the total pass the amount I need.

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.

The High Court seems keen to list the trial in mid-July, meaning we have three and a half months to raise a little more than £20,000 (I have a promise from elsewhere to provide £30k and we are around £10k in funds after the last month’s fundraising).

This is entirely possible because we have done it before.

Riley has insulted you, and she is trying to treat your efforts with contempt.

Don’t let her beat us, now we have come so far together.

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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2 thoughts on “Riley libel defence: nearly £200k raised – but she’s STILL trying to deplete the fund

  1. jake

    Just instruct your solicitor to ignore all requests, deal with it solely through the court….solicitors are like that! they’ll charge you hundred for a few minutes work/ part hour and they work in slow mo….they’ll continue to get away with it as long as you allow them to! It’s a racket….

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Ha ha and then I’d have to go to the expense of a “sideshow” court hearing!

      No, thank you.

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