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Countdown star Rachel Riley loses latest round of libel battle | UK News


Countdown star Rachel Riley has misplaced the latest round of a libel battle with a political blogger and Jeremy Corbyn supporter.

The 35-year-old tv presenter was accused of partaking in a “marketing campaign of on-line abuse and harassment” on Twitter.

She sued Mike Sivier after he revealed an article on his web site Vox Political in January 2019 with the headline: “Serial abuser Rachel Riley to obtain ‘additional safety’ – on grounds that she is receiving abuse”.

Mr Sivier defended the article and argued that it was “considerably true”, in addition to an sincere opinion and a matter of public curiosity.

A High Court choose had dominated in favour of Ms Riley – concluding Mr Sivier had “no prospect” of succeeding at a trial.

But right this moment, Mr Sivier received an enchantment.

Three Court of Appeal judges dominated that his public curiosity defence ought to be assessed at a trial.

In a written ruling, enchantment choose Lord Justice Warby stated: “I’d permit the enchantment.

“I’d put aside the order placing out the defence of publication on matter of public curiosity.”

He added: “In my view, the suitable course is for the general public curiosity defence to be assessed at a trial.”

The two different enchantment judges, Lord Justice Henderson and Dame Victoria Sharp, agreed with the ruling.

Ms Riley can also be ready to listen to whether or not she has received a separate damages struggle after suing Laura Murray – a former aide to Mr Corbyn – for libel.

She sued the 32-year-old over a tweet posted two years in the past, telling Mr Justice Nicklin it “incited” hate and triggered folks to try to get her sacked.

The message described the numbers skilled as “harmful” and “silly”.

A High Court choose completed overseeing a three-day trial on the High Court in London earlier this week.

Mr Justice Nicklin is anticipated to publish a ruling within the close to future.