Wed. Apr 24th, 2024

A federal jury has ordered Rudy Giuliani, former lawyer to Donald Trump, to pay a staggering $148 million in damages for defaming two Georgia poll workers.

The jury found Giuliani liable for making false claims about election fraud, specifically targeting Ruby Freeman and her daughter Wandrea “Shaye” Moss. The damages include more than $16 million each for defamation, $20 million each for emotional distress, and $75 million in punitive damages.

This decision stems from Giuliani’s actions in support of Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election results. Giuliani, 79, posted a video falsely accusing Freeman and Moss of engaging in fraud during ballot-counting, accompanied by numerous baseless claims.

Outside the courthouse, Moss expressed the devastating impact of Giuliani’s lies on their lives, emphasizing the need to hold others accountable for spreading falsehoods.

Giuliani, undeterred, denounced the substantial damages as “absurd” and declared his intention to appeal. He asserted confidence in a swift reversal when the case reaches a “fair tribunal” and maintained that his comments were supportable. Despite racial threats faced by Freeman and Moss, who are Black, Giuliani remained unapologetic and defended his decision not to testify.

This defamation case adds to Giuliani’s legal challenges, including racketeering charges in Georgia for allegedly conspiring to overturn the 2020 election results. Giuliani’s legal troubles extend beyond this case, as his law license has been suspended in New York and Washington due to “false and misleading statements.”

Additionally, he faces a lawsuit from Hunter Biden, accusing him of computer fraud related to accessing personal data on Biden’s computer in an attempt to embarrass him before the 2020 election.

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