Rachel Riley Wins £50,000 Libel Case Against Political Blogger

Countdown presenter Rachel Riley has been awarded £50,000 in damages after winning her libel battle against a political blogger who accused her of the online abuse of a 16-year-old girl.The TV star, 36, sued Michael Sivier over a 2019 article about a Twitter debate on anti-Semitism within Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, which she said had triggered a torrent of abuse.Mr Sivier claimed his article was in the public interest as he fought the libel proceedings in the High Court.But in her ruling on Wednesday morning, Mrs Justice Steyn said that while Mr Sivier honestly believed his article was in the public interest, it was a “wholly unreasonable” belief which was not supported by the evidence.