Rachel Riley is back in the news for all the wrong reasons.
She has taken it upon herself to comment on an aging issue – criticism of the author JK Rowling by transgender activists, thereby resurrecting it for no very good reason.
I think this is a fishing expedition – that Riley was hoping to incense a few people into saying something she could use to sue them. This is a person who, if I recall correctly, once asked her followers to send links to such comments, with a view to suing the writers. I have previously pointed out that this could seen as vexatious litigation.
See, if people attack her for saying she’s accusing Mr Corbyn of anti-Semitism, or saying Rowling has accused him of anti-Semitism, she can point to her words and say she didn’t link the two; she said Rowling had spoken about both issues separately.
And then she may choose to threaten lawsuits against those people.
But Riley has still left herself open to legitimate criticism.
You see, she has stated that it is her opinion that people criticising Rowling’s stand on the transgender issue were actually attacking her because she had spoken about anti-Semitism.
On what factual information is this claim based? Who has publicly admitted that this is their reason for criticising Rowling?
If Riley can’t provide such information – in words that can’t be interpreted as something else like sarcasm (to reference a recent court ruling) – then anybody from the transgender lobby who has publicly criticised Rowling has good cause to take legal action against Riley instead.
Alternatively, to see Riley forced to justify other claims she has made in public, how about supporting my defence against her claims that I libelled her?
My comments were based on Riley’s own words and behaviour on Twitter, and to win her case she’ll need to prove that it was unreasonable for me to draw the conclusions I did.
I’m sure that this is impossible – for reasons I’ll reveal in the court hearing during the week beginning July 18 this year.
But I need to be able to defend myself at that hearing – and that means I need to be able to pay for it.
I have stated, many times, my belief that much of Riley’s behaviour during her litigation against me has been geared towards depleting my crowdfunded finances, in order to ensure that she won’t have to justify herself.
Now, I am close to reaching my target. To get me across the line – and put Riley in a very difficult position, please do one or more of the following:
Make a donation 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.
Use other social media in the same way.
The latest development strongly suggests that Riley isn’t going to stop attacking people unreasonably until she is made to.
Help me make sure she does.
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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