Riley trial: one step forward and two steps back?

After last week’s developments, including Tracy-Ann Oberman’s humiliation in another libel case, the CrowdJustice fund seemed to be doing very well.


My rough calculations showed that, after administrative deductions from CrowdJustice, we had less than £10,000 left to raise, which was great!

Then I received a bill from my solicitors and now the target is nearly £11,000.

It’s not greed on the part of my representatives, either. Neither my solicitors nor my barrister are charging the Earth for their services because they appreciate that I have limited means and am relying on crowdfunding.

The simple fact is that libel litigation is extremely expensive, no matter how you slice it.

And we would have raised the amount needed for the trial long ago, if Rachel Riley’s side had not insisted on wasting time with sideshows – many of which haven’t resulted in anything at all.

If anything, the last few days have demonstrated the “one step forward, two steps back” nature of fundraising for a court case; as I raise money, my legal representatives are taking action on my behalf, which means I’m also spending it.

At the moment, I need not only to make sure I cover my current bills, but also to accumulate enough to pay for the trial in the future. I must take several steps forward for every step back.

I should stress that we’re still faring quite well; I made more in the last week than I was billed for more than a month previously. But we have lost ground and we need to make it back.

I’m aware that many of you like to make donations after you have been paid at the end of the month, so please allow me to remind you that we have just passed the end of a month. That’s why I’m asking:

Please 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.

I have been hugely encouraged by your messages of support, especially from those of you who have promised to stick with this campaign all the way – and I must stress that there is still time for the total amount to be raised.

Tracy-Ann Oberman has already had one comeuppance – and this is the best way to make sure Rachel Riley faces the same.

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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