High Court confirms Riley libel trial will be in July. Help defend Mike!

The arena: The Royal Courts of Justice in London. The time: July 18-22, 2022.

The High Court has sent confirmation of the week in which my libel trial will take place. I will be defending myself against Rachel Riley’s accusations sometime between July 18-22.

Apparently the dates can’t be pinned down because the trial is in a 3.5-day float; other trials are taking place before mine and their exact length cannot be predicted, so this means the exact time mine starts cannot be predicted either.

It means I have three months, more or less, to raise the remaining funds needed to ensure that I can defend myself.

The good news is that, after my last update, the fund has grown by a little more than £6,000 – a phenomenal result in a very few days!

This means that, by my calculations, I have around £13,000 more to raise to be sure of funding my defence at the trial hearing.

The bad news is that this is dependent on no other costs being incurred in the meantime, and we know that Rachel Riley’s legal team have been keen to deplete the funds you have raised in the past.

It’s a very precarious position to be in – bringing in as many funds as possible, as fast as possible, because I never know when they’re going to be demanded for some unforeseen sideshow.

But that is the situation we have always faced.

With the trial soon to take place, I have started going through my evidence again, and I am glad to say that if I get the chance to put it before a judge, Ms Riley will find it very hard to argue with what I will say!

I have always believed that her strategy has been to rob me of the chance to speak up in court; she did not believe I would be able to raise the funds to support a court hearing when she launched proceedings against me, and her team has worked hard to drain me of those funds in the three years since.

Hopefully, in July, I will be able to demonstrate the reasoning behind my belief.

But there is still a long way to go and the only way to make sure we get there is to make sure I’m fully funded. Once again, here’s how we make that happen:

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.

Let’s keep the momentum going.

There will be a big psychological advantage in being fully funded with time to spare – and hopefully with cash left over to counter any last-minute sideshows.

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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