She poured her heart out on her blog, asking netizens to help her pay her legal fees.
What she got instead was abuse on her crowdfunding page, with one person even asking her to miscarry or abort her unborn baby.
Local blogger Bong Qiuqiu, whose real name is Ang Chiew Ting, said she faced up to $250,000 in legal fees in her ongoing dispute with a social media advertising network.
The network claimed two months ago that she had breached her contract with it by entering into commercial agreements with other brands and companies without its knowledge or approval, leading to a loss in fees for the network.
Qiuqiu counter-sued, denying entering into the commercial agreements and saying the company had defamed her by posting about the suit.
She also said she was no longer under contract with the company and that the latter had failed to promote her website, resulting in losses for her.
Now, the 28-year-old expectant mother is taking heat from netizens.
Qiuqiu wrote a lengthy blog post last week, asking her followers for help.
“There’s no good way to put it but I am going to need your help with my legal fees,” she wrote on her blog and on the GIVEasia crowdfunding site.
She said she had used up her personal savings and also received some monetary help from family and friends, but she was unwilling to take more from them because “some are bleeding themselves so that I can survive this lawsuit”.
Qiuqiu, who is three months’ pregnant, told The New Paper: “My friends shoved money into my bag but I returned it when I still had savings.
“But it has come to a point where I am no longer able to keep up.”
She also mentioned on her blog that both her sisters took out their savings to help her, especially when she needed to pay a deposit after being served the writ of summons.
Qiuqiu declined to reveal the exact amount provided by family and friends.
Her husband, Joshua Tan, a 44-year-old commercial photographer, wanted to sell their three-room flat in Punggol, which is being rented out.
But the proceeds from selling their flat may not fully cover the legal fees because of the current market sentiments.
So Qiuqiu has turned to crowdfunding on GIVEasia.
“Crowdfunding was something suggested by my friends and readers who know about the case,” she said.
At press time, about 250 people had contributed more than $17,000.