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.
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 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.
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