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Brian Hillman thinks Mr Irving's offers to settle the Lipstadt action out of court were spurious, Sunday, October 17, 2004
Offers before the Lipstadt Trial
YOUR offer to settle, coming nearly three years after you started your attempted shakedown, and after the disastrous discovery Order against you, appears to me, and no doubt to countless others, as blue funk.
You had caught a tiger by the tail and you were in urgent need of copious amounts of Imodium.
By the way, you tangled with Professor Lipstadt. You lost. Did you hear about it?
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David Irving responds:
HOW very kind of you to write, albeit your letter again demonstrates a degree of ignorance of UK trial procedure and of the facts. I "tangled" with Deborah Lipstadt, true: But the entire wealth of your friends in the American Jewish community then stumbled drunkenly to her aid, with the AJC, Bronfman, and Spielberg (right), and no doubt others who preferred no publicity, pouring their rude and greasy millions of dollars into her Defence.
It was a Defence which her lawyers formally and radically changed in the last weeks before the Lipstadt Trial began, with Gray J's kind consent, inflicting immense extra labour and costs on me; the new Defence was in essence (no surprise here) to pitchfork new and even more malodorous smears on top of the old, indefensible ones.
After that it was plain Balthasar's Feast ("Und sieh', und sieh', an weisser Wand / da kam's hervor wie Menschenhand." - Friedrich Schiller).
I do not recall any "disastrous" Discovery Orders, although we had several pre-Trial hearings on them, as Lipstadt appeared not to appreciate the need to give voluntary full disclosure, and the Court had to whip her into submission. Her Jewish lawyers at Mishcon de Reya used every devious trick (no surprise here either) to conceal crucial items - for example three raw TV newsreel videos which they had secretly obtained, and also a sinister Document Number 500, which showed her Canadian friends (the local Simon Wiesenthal fast-facts concession) advising her, when writing her book, that given my hard-earned and word-wide reputation as an historian it was vital to "eradicate" my "legitimacy". I suspect they would have translated that first word as ausrotten.
So much for Lipstadt's "victory" (she LOST those costs, plus of course the fortune that her friends poured into promoting their Six Million Dollar smear).
Incidentally, prior to changing their Defence the Defendants had succeeded in obtaining an Order striking out of my Discovery all the documents that I had pre-emptively included in it as an attempt to ward off such smears. Now that was something of a disaster. Trench had not seen their purpose or relevancy at the time, although I, anticipating what was to come, of course had.
As for the offers to settle out of court - I made two such offers:
One day I shall publish a narrative of the inside story of the Lipstadt Trial. Got other things to do right now.