Atlanta, Georgia – A jury has awarded $148 million in damages to two former Georgia election workers in a defamation case against Rudy Giuliani. The workers, Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss, sued Giuliani after he spread false statements about them in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election. These lies led to a barrage of harassment and threats against the two women. Giuliani, the personal lawyer of former President Donald Trump, was already found liable of defamation in the case.
The jury had to determine the amount Giuliani would pay in damages. After deliberating for over three hours on Thursday and continuing their deliberations on Friday, the jury reached a decision. The verdict was announced on Friday afternoon.
Freeman and Moss, who are Black, were responsible for counting ballots at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. They testified that they were subject to a wave of hateful and threatening messages after Giuliani and other Trump allies promoted a conspiracy theory accusing them of election fraud.
The impact of these false accusations on Freeman and Moss was devastating. They described receiving threats and racist harassment. Moss, in an emotional testimony, expressed her fear for her son’s safety, stating, “I’m most scared of my son finding me and, or my mom, hanging in front of my house in front of a tree.” Freeman had to leave her home and live out of her car due to the severity of the threats.
Giuliani’s attorney argued that his client was not solely responsible for the harassment suffered by Freeman and Moss. He pointed to right-wing website Gateway Pundit as a spreader of the conspiracy theory and suggested that Giuliani was sued because he was seen as having “deep pockets.” However, the jury found Giuliani liable and awarded the election workers $148 million in damages.
This defamation trial comes amidst other legal troubles for Giuliani. He is currently facing criminal charges in Georgia, along with Trump and 18 others, for alleged racketeering to keep Trump in power. Giuliani has pleaded not guilty to the charges in that case.
In conclusion, a jury in Georgia has awarded $148 million in damages to two former election workers who sued Rudy Giuliani for defamation. The workers, Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss, suffered harassment and threats after Giuliani spread false statements about them. Giuliani, the lawyer for former President Donald Trump, was found liable for defamation. This trial takes place as Giuliani faces criminal charges in Georgia.