Just one week until the Rachel Riley libel trial – join the crowdfund!

Is it too soon to say we’re in the endgame now?

With the trial of Rachel Riley’s libel claim against me set to start on July 18, there is only slightly more than one week left until we find out whether I was right to defend a vulnerable teenager with anxiety against bullying, abuse and harassment by an adult celebrity and her followers.

However: we still haven’t raised the full amount of funds needed to fully pay for my defence.

Last time, I said I had not realised that I was originally told in April that I needed to raise £60,000 plus VAT, and was therefore short of my target by around £16,000.

(This is correct, by the way. To those of you who queried why I was discussing £60k when the CrowdJustice page says I have raised more than £220,000: this is the total from more than three years of fundraising – and most of it has already been spent on legal fees incurred over those years.)

Since that last update, you have contributed more than £4,000 to the fund – an incredible response, providing more than a quarter of what was needed.

But we’re still £12,000 short of the total we’re expected to need.

The good news is that my legal team will continue to work, in anticipation that the shortfall will be covered soon – and we’ve got a few terrific surprises in store for my tormentors on Riley’s side.

But we need to get that money in. So, please (and I’m sure you know what’s coming)…

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.

And don’t forget that if you’re having trouble, or simply don’t like donating via CrowdJustice, you can always donate direct to me via the Vox Political PayPal button at the bottom of this article, where it appears on that website. But please remember to include a message telling me it’s for the crowdfund!

We are so close to the end – in so many ways.

Let’s make sure it’s the end we want to have.

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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