A video showing Jamal Hijazi, then 16, being forced to the floor by a boy who said “I’ll drown you” while pouring water from a bottle into his mouth at Almondbury School provoked outrage and public sympathy last year.
The English Defence League founder attended a preliminary hearing in London on Thursday, which set a timetable for a six-day libel trial to be heard at some point next year.
Jamal’s barrister Ian Helme told the court the claim was brought in relation to the aftermath of “the viral publication of a video last year in which Jamal was horrifically bullied at school”.
Mr Helme said “right-wing provocateur” Robinson, then published “two videos making very serious allegations against Jamal”.
The court heard Robinson would defend the truth of the statements he made about Jamal at trial.
His QC William Bennett said the case would come down to the “oral testimony of one witness against another”.
He said his client’s defence would focus on “those people who say they were assaulted by the claimant and the claimant’s denials that he assaulted them”.
In documents filed with the court on Robinson’s behalf, he alleges the attack on Jamal shown in the video was in retaliation for a threat made earlier that day.
The value of Jamal’s claim in damages is for up to £100,000.
Additional reporting by Press Association