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A small victory as judge in libel case postpones Rachel Riley’s ‘strike out’ bid


Rachel Riley’s attempt to drain my funds – by demanding that the High Court holds an early hearing on her libel case against me – has been foiled.​

She wanted a court to hear her application to strike out part of my defence before the end of July, which would have hugely strained my entirely-crowdfunded budget for the case.

But I argued that the court must treat us fairly – as detailed in my previous update – and a judge has agreed.

The application will be listed in the next term – between October and December.

This means we now have more than two months to raise the money needed to pay for my defence at that hearing.

Please continue donating to the CrowdJustice site – but bear in mind that there is now considerably less urgency and you should (as always) put your own needs first.

Here are the details as usual:

Consider making a donation yourself, if you can afford it, via the CrowdJustice page.

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This small victory shows that the Riley machine can be defeated; she’s not having it all her own way.

And don’t forget that I’m making an application of my own, to strike out a significant proportion of her case against me.

My only immediate concern, now, is that she will dream up yet another vexatious plan to waste my time and our money.

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.

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/


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Haste for hearing on Riley libel application – to drain Mike of all his funds?

The clock is ticking: Rachel Riley seems desperate to force a court hearing this month because she thinks Mike will run out of money. Only you can prove her wrong.

The High Court has suggested that an application by Rachel Riley to strike out part of my defence against her libel claim should be heard before the end of July – despite the fact that this will create a huge strain on my funds.

There is absolutely no urgency for this application to be heard and there is likely to be no shortage of urgent cases that could take priority over this one – and there is no date before the end of July on which both my solicitor and my Counsel will be available.

I understand Ms Riley’s solicitor, Mark Lewis, has written to the court with a suggestion that I want to delay in order to crowdfund the cash I need to fund my defence, saying he is concerned that this would establish a precedent that will clog up the administration of justice.

He has suggested that, besides being deprived of time to raise funds for my defence, I should also produce the extra cash that would be needed to obtain and instruct alternative Counsel.

We should all be concerned if this argument has swayed the court, because it is unjust.

Firstly, my reason for wanting to delay the hearing is that my Counsel is not available – not because I need to crowdfund. Courts are obliged to make efforts to accommodate Counsel, especially in a case in which the court would benefit from hearing from the Counsel who wrote my defence.

Secondly – yes, forcing me to change Counsel, to meet a July hearing date, will almost certainly put my defence fund in debt. Allowing the case to be heard later in the year will almost certainly not do so.

While the strain on my finances may not burden Mr Lewis, the court is required to deal with cases justly and at proportionate cost to ensure that the parties are on an equal footing. This means that the court must take account of the financial position of each party.

Let’s have a look at Ms Riley’s financial position in relation to mine: she is a very highly paid television celebrity who is able to afford both leading and junior counsel, while I am a full-time carer and am, yes, reliant on crowdfunding to finance my defence.

Speeding up this hearing deprives me of the ability to afford representation against a very well-resourced opponent. It is hard to see how the court can say this is just and proportionate treatment.

Finally, Ms Riley has put forward no reason to suggest that her case will be prejudiced if the hearing is not listed later; it will make no difference to her at all.

My own representatives have made these points to the court and we are awaiting a response.

But it seems clear that Ms Riley is once again trying to win her case by using my poverty against me. I think this is utterly despicable behaviour.

If your opinion of her behaviour is similar, then there’s only one way to help:

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I had been hoping to write an update this week, saying that the pressure was off for a while, then this happened.

Please help foil this latest dark development in a very nasty story.

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.

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/


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Here’s why it costs so much to fight a lawsuit brought by Rachel Riley

I’ve just had the monthly bill from my lawyer. It clears me out of everything that you have raised and leaves me owing a few hundred pounds – with the huge extra cost of a court hearing looming, possibly this month.

This is the reason Rachel Riley has made her application to strike out parts of my defence against her ludicrous accusation of libel, of course; she knows she doesn’t have much chance of success – but defending against it will cost me a huge amount of your money.

That’s why she keeps making these frankly vexatious demands on court time.

I’m sure she is also hoping that the disappointment of being constantly dragged back to square one will demoralise those of you who contribute to my CrowdJustice fund – put you off helping.

Indeed, one contributor, who donated quite a large amount of cash last month, also questioned why I am paying anything at all – suggesting that if my costs continue to rise I should rid myself of my current legal team and seek pro bono advocacy instead.

That would be a disaster, in my opinion.

You get what you pay for. One of my reasons for choosing the team I have is that I could not be sure of the quality of free legal advice; it would be better to have paid advocates who really know what they’re doing. That’s not to disparage good pro bono lawyers – but how many people can tell the good from the not-so-good?

Also, there is a particular attractiveness about this case, simply because it is crowdfunded. A win for my side will have a significant effect on civil justice in the United Kingdom – and a consequent boost to the reputation of the legal team involved. For that reason, we have been able to negotiate terms that are mutually satisfactory.

And of course it makes no sense at all to stop using my team, halfway through the case, and to try to instruct another in all its intricacies.

So I am left with the task of re-enthusing you, with the possibility that only a few weeks are left until a very expensive court hearing (remember that Ms Riley’s legal team has demanded that it should take place in July). Fortunately, I have a juicy announcement:

I will be making a counter-application to strike out a large part of Ms Riley’s case against me, during the forthcoming hearing.

I’m not at liberty to release the details but I can say that I expect my application to be granted without argument.

I have lodged my application with the court already – all I need now is the opportunity to have it granted at the hearing.

So I’m sure you know what’s coming next. Please…

Consider making a donation yourself, if you can afford it, via my CrowdJustice page.

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I know it’s a lot to ask. It always was. But the cause is just and the case can be won.

And the consequences for justice – if it isn’t – are dire. It would mean that rich people can buy justice, using the court system to take money from anybody poorer than them, simply for telling the truth.

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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Riley libel case: she’s trying to buy justice again – will you help me stop her?

Countdown: the clock is ticking, and Rachel Riley is trying to force a court hearing of her duff bid to strike out my libel defence next month. If she has her way, I do not have the funds to fight it.

Rachel Riley seems determined to tell the world that she wants to buy justice – so who am I to get in the way?

Let’s discuss her latest tactic.

You’ll be aware that she has launched a court application to strike out all or part of my defence against her claims. It will cost up to £17,000 for me to defend myself against this part of her court action alone.

The High Court has indicated that it may have time to consider the application in July – meaning I would have less than a month to crowdfund a very large amount of money.

But the members of my legal team have pointed out that it is not possible for them to attend court in July as they have other cases and childcare commitments due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

Here’s the nasty bit:

Ms Riley’s representatives have responded furiously, demanding that the court force a July date for this application to be heard.

They say crowdfunding should not be a reason to delay a libel case and this could establish a precedent.

What they don’t say is that such a precedent would enhance justice by keeping both sides in a civil case on an even footing.

And they say if my legal team cannot attend, I should instruct alternative counsel.

Again, what they don’t say is that this would place an extra cost burden on me.

Rachel Riley is far, far more wealthy than me. She could afford to spend £60,000 on the “meanings” hearing last December alone. Rushing the hearing of this application so that it happens next month would put her at a huge advantage if I am unable to raise the funds to fight it.

Her application itself is drivel. My legal team and I can defeat it – if we get the chance.

We are fighting Ms Riley’s demands, and we have good arguments. Courts should deal with cases justly and at proportionate cost so that both parties are on an equal footing. But the hearing will be listed at a time that best suits the judge.

So I must try to be ready for a court hearing within a few weeks. And that means I must appeal to your kindness again.

I am bitterly sorry that I have to ask you for more help, especially at a time when we are all feeling the financial squeeze of the Covid crisis – but justice is at risk of being bought, and the facts are at risk of being denied.

So, please:

Consider making a donation yourself, if you can afford it, via my own CrowdJustice page.

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.

On other social media platforms, please mention the campaign there, quoting the appeal address.

This is more vital now than ever before, so I’d like to appeal to you especially to make an effort to encourage other people to donate.

You can tell that Ms Riley’s team are trying to use her huge financial advantage to influence the courts. They want to make sure not only that I fail, but that a precedent is set to ensure that everybody like me, who has to crowdfund for legal action, will fail in the future. It is vital that they be stopped.

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.

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/


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Anti-Semitism ‘campaigner’ in racism outrage – and an URGENT APPEAL for help

Tracy-Ann Oberman should be well-known to readers of these updates.

After the teenage girl at the centre of my case was engaged in an argument over anti-Semitism with Rachel Riley – and had been subjected to appalling abuse by her followers, Ms Oberman sent dozens of tweets to her – all on the same (school) day – inviting her to a meal in London (as recounted in this article).

The poor teenager, who suffers from anxiety, was terrified at this unwanted attention, which she could only conclude had an ulterior motive.

When I wrote about it (read the article here), Ms Oberman threatened me with a libel action – but eventually left it to her friend, Ms Riley, to take a case to court.

One has to question the validity of her position after yesterday’s (June 11) interaction with an American rapper who happens to be black.

It seems a rapper known as Ice Cube had made remarks which had been interpreted as anti-Semitic. I pass no comment on that as I have not yet seen those words. Ms Oberman responded:

 

The problem here is that the owner of the Twitter handle @FINALLEVEL is Ice T – a completely different person – and one who was completely bemused by the attention:

 

Ms Oberman apologised… if you can call this an apology:

 

 

Is that an apology? Judge for yourself.

People are drawing the obvious conclusion, though – as follows:

 

“Tracy Ann Oberman tagged the wrong black man in a post about racism because they all seem to look the same to her.”

That’s the “they all look the same” trope – on Twitter, where people are only represented by words, remember.

And it was perpetrated at a time of heightened sensitivity to racism against black people too.

All from a person who once said she was in a “gang” including Ms Riley who had started to speak out against racism.

And Ms Riley is suing me because I stood up for the girl that both she and Ms Oberman targeted – again, on Twitter.

Her current tactic is an application to strike out all or part of my defence. It will take me a day in the High Court in London to defend against this nonsense  – at a cost of up to £17,000.

And that’s cheap – the last application of hers, in December last year, cost me £28,000!

This is where the “URGENT APPEAL” in my headline comes in. This hearing could happen as early as next month (July). If you think individuals like Ms Oberman (and, by association, Ms Riley) should not get away with the behaviour they exhibit on Twitter, then please contribute to my crowdfunder – otherwise I simply will not have enough money.

And that would be a real shame, because my legal team and I have worked out a little surprise that we would love to deliver at that hearing.

Given current unspent funds, we need around £14,000. Here come the instructions, so please:

Consider making a donation yourself, if you can afford it, via my own CrowdJustice page.

Email your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site.

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On Twitter, tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

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I have a chance to deliver a legally-binding rebuke to these individuals.

But I can’t do it without you. Will you help?

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.

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/


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Riley’s bid to strike out my libel defence is daft. She IS wasting your cash

It seems Rachel Riley is serious in wanting to drag me back to court – but her application to strike out my defence against her libel claims is not.

It’s risible – ridiculous.

You’ll be aware that the core of the case is a dialogue between Ms Riley and a teenage girl who has been anonymised in other recent court actions involving the TV game-player as “R”.

Ms Riley’s complaint appears to be that “R” started an argument, Ms Riley was perfectly pleasant to “R” and Ms Riley cannot be held responsible for the actions of others who tweeted abuse to the girl while the dialogue was taking place and afterwards. Consequently, she says, I cannot prove that she incited anyone to do anything and she does not have to prove that she did not incite anyone.

It is easy to disprove these claims. For one, I’m not trying to make Ms Riley prove anything – quite the opposite, in fact. It is also arguable that Ms Riley’s arguments are unsuitable for a “strike-out” application as they concern matters that should properly be discussed in the trial.

But I will have to go back to court to show this – and soon. The hearing is likely to take place online (due to the Covid-19 lockdown), probably before the end of July.

This means I need to be sure I can cover my legal costs within two months. These are likely to be similar to those of my last hearing – around £13,000-£17,000 if I recall correctly.

It’s cash that I shouldn’t have to spend, but I have no choice if I am to take my case all the way to a trial. Remember that it is Rachel Riley who is forcing me to spend this money  – and her behaviour is just another reason to oppose her.

On the “plus” side, fundraising on the CrowdJustice site has been very good over the last month or so, and this makes me optimistic about raising the necessary amount.

But you know what’s coming next. Please…

Consider making a donation yourself, if you can afford it, via my own CrowdJustice page.

Email your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site.

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This application to strike out my defence seems an act of desperation.

It won’t help Ms Riley – and it offers me an opportunity to make a few changes too.

Please help me take that opportunity to give Ms Riley and her friends a nasty surprise.

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.

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/


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Here’s how Rachel Riley’s lawyers are wasting your money

Money: Rachel Riley has loads, so her lawyers are trying to waste mine with pointless legal applications in the hope that I won’t be able to fund my defence against her libel claim at a trial.

I was really pleased with our fundraising efforts at the end of May – only to be brought crashing down by my latest legal bill.

Between the start of the month and the end, the CrowdJustice site took almost £7,000 – going from a total of around £63,000 to £70,000.

That’s down to the fabulous response from people like you.

Then I received the bill for “advising you in connection with Riley’s proposed strike out application and corresponding with you in connection with the same, liaising with and instructing Counsel in relation to the approach to the strike out application and the amended defence and corresponding with Patron Law for Riley.”

£6,500. Almost the entire amount.

You will know that the “proposed strike out application” is nonsense – it’s just an attempt to waste my cash and my team’s time. There’s no prospect of Ms Riley’s lawyers actually removing any of my case and I don’t think they expect to achieve that.

Nor will they narrow down any of the arguments or evidence at a future trial.

They just know that making vexatious applications like this will waste the money that you have so kindly donated to defend me against their claims.

It confirms what I have said all along: this case is not about justice – it is about money. Rachel Riley seems to think the fact that she has more money than I do means that she can buy justice.

It is a blistering insult to the British legal system.

But it achieves one goal: it forces me to go back to you, cap in hand, and beg for more. After you’ve all given so much already.

Let’s never forget what’s being done here, who’s doing it, or why.

And let’s spread the word about the help I need. Please:

Consider making a donation yourself, if you can afford it, via my own CrowdJustice page.

Email your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site.

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On Twitter, tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

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If you are as angry, reading these words, as I am at having to write them, remember who’s responsible.

The only way to stop them doing this is to defeat their case.

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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Riley launches pointless ‘strike-out’ bid against Mike’s libel defence. Please help defeat it!

Countdown: the clock is ticking but I have no idea how soon Ms Riley’s pointless application to strike out parts of my libel defence will be heard in court. I only know that defending against it will cost a lot of money.

Rachel Riley is dragging me back to court with an attempt to “strike out” some of my defences against her libel claims.

Even if she succeeds in any way (this is unlikely), the application to a High Court judge is procedurally pointless because it is unlikely to narrow down any of the arguments or evidence at trial.

It seems the intention is merely to delay the actual trial and run down the funds that you have so generously donated to help me refute her claims.

(Yet again we see that her case is most strongly based on the fact that she has more money than me and can afford to waste it – and time – on this nonsense, rather than on any factual evidence.)

I knew it might happen. Her legal team advised me that she was planning this move – but I responded with a quite detailed letter explaining why their arguments were not valid.

They have not engaged with any of the points I made; in fact it seems unlikely they even read the letter in any detail as their response makes inaccurate claims.

So now I must prepare for another unnecessary and expensive court hearing – this one likely to last a whole day – because of Ms Riley’s (in my opinion) vexatious behaviour.

And I have to go back to you and ask for more help to pay for it, when you’ve only just made a brilliant response to my last appeal. I was stunned by the generosity of contributions, in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis that has squeezed everybody’s finances, and I want to put my appreciation on the record.

The good news is that the “strike out” hearing is unlikely to happen in the immediate future; the bad news is I don’t know exactly when it will be, so I cannot plan a funding campaign of any length for it.

I can only make the same appeal as ever. So, please:

Consider making a donation yourself, if you can afford it, via my own CrowdJustice page.

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.

On other social media platforms, please mention the campaign there, quoting the appeal address.

I’m sitting here seething while I’m writing these words.

I think it is outrageous that Riley is doing this right after you have already contributed so much – and when it is hard for any of us to contribute more. It confirms my opinion that this case has absolutely nothing to do with justice.

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.

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/


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Newspapers distort libel case to make it seem that Rachel Riley is winning. She isn’t

How sad to see that the London Evening Standard (oh, and Mail Online, although this is less surprising) is incapable of reporting a simple judgment in an ongoing libel case properly!

The High Court, in the case of Rachel Riley and Tracy-Ann Oberman v Jane Heybroek, has reached a judgment with regard to the meaning of the words that are at issue, and whether they are statements of fact or expressions of opinion.

And the Standard‘s interpretation of this judgment is arse-backwards.

“Rachel Riley and Tracy-Ann Oberman win first round of libel battle” trumpets the headline – wrongly. The judgment was neutral. Nobody has won or lost anything.

But if any advantage were gained, This Writer would say it had to have gone to Ms Heybroek.

Here are her own comments:

Note her words [italics mine]: “This was a hearing we asked for in order to narrow down the claimants’ claims and, in my opinion, we have successfully done so.”

“Significantly, the Judge has found that the first meaning… and the italicised words in the second meaning… were statements of opinion. This is a potentially crucial development because statements of opinion are afforded a defence where the basis of the opinion is indicated, and an honest person could have held the opinion on the basis of facts existing at the time.”

Reference to the judgment on the court website Bailii shows that Ms Heybroek’s representative, Mr Helme, won more points than the claimants’. Consider the Judge’s agreement with him at paragraphs 61, 63, 72, 75, 77, 79, 81 and 83; and the Judge’s disagreement with the claimants’ representative, Mr Stables, at paragraphs 58, 59, and 65.

In brief, Ms Heybroek won her arguments that the words at issue were expressions of opinion rather than statements of fact. Whether they were defamatory was never likely to be in doubt – but of course that doesn’t mean that they were libellous. If they were statements of honest opinion, and the facts on which they were based were accurate to the best of her knowledge at the time, then they were not.

And it is to be noted that these are all secondary considerations; Ms Riley and Ms Oberman’s complaint is not about an article by a third party (the matter on which this judgment is made) but about whether Ms Heybroek libelled them by retweeting a link to it. Ms Heybroek states: “Note that this ruling on meanings is without prejudice to my contention that I am not liable for publication of the article by virtue of my re-tweeting a tweet containing a hyperlink to it. That issue remains to be determined, either at trial or before.”

So it seems clear that Ms Heybroek won far more than Ms Riley or Ms Oberman. But that information seems to have zoomed right over the head of whoever reported the case to the Standard and the Mail.

Far be it from me to attribute malign intentions, but this failure of accurate reporting can have a serious harmful effect on justice.

Libel cases are hugely expensive and people like Ms Heybroek and myself – This Writer is fighting an ongoing case brought by Ms Riley, remember – cannot afford to defend against the accusations without help.

We ask sympathetic members of the public to support us with donations – but they may be discouraged from doing so, if they read or hear a report claiming that Ms Riley (and Ms Oberman, in Ms Heybroek’s case) is somehow winning.

Conversely, if they discover that such claims are false, I would hope members of the public would find their determination to support the defendants redoubled.

The expense of the hearing has put Ms Heybroek out-of-pocket. She is crowdfunding to pay for her case and if you can afford to help, her CrowdJustice site may be found here.

As for my own case – the request is the same as usual. Please:

Consider making a donation yourself, if you can afford it, via my own CrowdJustice page.

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.

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It would be nice to see Ms Riley and/or Ms Oberman distancing themselves from the inaccurate media reports.

But, considering my own belief that they would be as happy to win their cases by starving us of funds as they would in a courtroom, I fear I may have to wait a long time for that.

Source: Rachel Riley and Tracy-Ann Oberman win first round of High Court libel battle | London Evening Standard

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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Will coronavirus harm Mike’s fight against Riley libel claim?

Court cases don’t respect national crises, it seems.

I wanted to update you on the situation at the moment: after more than a year, Rachel Riley is still persisting with her claim that I libelled her by pointing out the way she and her supporters bullied a teenage girl.

I would not have been able to defend myself against this unreasonable onslaught alone because civil cases in court are so expensive that it is impossible for ordinary working people to conduct them.

So I launched a CrowdJustice campaign and it is thanks to the help of all those who have contributed an amazing 3,400 donations – so far – totalling more than £64,000 that I am not unjustly having to pay this minor TV personality a small fortune.

If I had been too poor to put up a defence in court, she would have won by default. I am convinced that this is what she intended when she first threatened me.

Her legal team has lodged costly and delaying applications with the court in order to fritter your donations away. One was a claim that source information had been altered since I published my article; it cost thousands of pounds to defend against that, and in the court hearing the judge threw it out without blinking. He was only interested in the situation at the time I published my article.

Now, my solicitor is having to cope with new claims by Ms Riley – at similar cost.

But we have a new enemy: Covid-19.

The coronavirus, and the economic lockdown it has caused, means we all have less money – but I can’t say the same for celebs like Ms Riley.

That means even though demands on my funds are higher than ever – and make no mistake, all of the £64,000 has already been spent – I fear the flow of donation may trickle to a halt.

That would be devastating – not just to me, but to the facts. To justice.

I have never asked for a fortune from anyone. The average contribution to the CrowdJustice site is £19 but I’m grateful for everything we received.

I know times are hard for people like us.

But are we really going to let Ms Riley win, just because she can coast through this crisis?

Please…

Consider making a donation yourself, if you can afford it, via the CrowdJustice page.

Email your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site.

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This time last year, I was just two weeks into this funding campaign and it had made an average of £1,000 per day. That seems like an impossible dream now.

But dreams become reality when people act on them.

Let’s show Rachel Riley she can’t rely on the coronavirus to drag down the truth.

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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