Court Ruling: Giuliani Held Accountable in Election Worker’s Defamation Lawsuit by Federal Judge



A jury has ordered Rudy Giuliani to pay $148 million in damages to Georgia election workers Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss who were wrongfully accused by Giuliani of attempting to steal votes from Donald Trump. The defamation lawsuit was brought against Giuliani by Freeman and Moss, where he was found liable for knowingly spreading false statements about the workers’ involvement in the 2020 presidential election, leading to personal consequences for them such as harassment and death threats. In addition to the damages, Giuliani and his associated companies have been ordered to pay $89,172.5 in attorney fees, and he is facing further legal challenges such as criminal charges in Fulton County for alleged efforts to overturn the election results.

Update: 12/15/2023

A jury has ordered Giuliani to pay $148 Million to Georgia election workers, Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss, who he wrongfully accused of stealing votes for Trump. This ruling was made by a federal court in Washington.

A federal judge ruled Giuliani is liable in a defamation lawsuit lodged by Freeman and Moss, former Fulton County election workers.

Credit: Ben Gray, AJC

The lawsuit alleges Giuliani spread false and defamatory statements about the workers in the 2020 presidential election. These claims were part of an effort to challenge the election results, leading to major personal consequences for Freeman and Moss, including harassment and death threats, despite no evidence of wrongdoing.

Throughout the lawsuit, Giuliani refused to comply with court orders to release relevant documents. In July, Giuliani conceded his statements were false, but not damaging to the plaintiffs.

U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell issued a default judgment, compelling Giuliani and his associated companies to pay $89,172.5 in attorney fees. The severe sanction is due to Giuliani’s lack of cooperation in providing documents.

This ruling is a significant legal setback for Giuliani, who’s already facing criminal charges in Fulton County alongside Trump for their alleged efforts to overturn the election results.

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