Rudy Giuliani Appeals $148 Million Verdict in Defamation Case with Georgia Election Workers

NEW YORK CITY, NY – Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has filed an appeal against a jury’s verdict that ordered him to pay $148 million in damages to two Georgia election workers. The workers, Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss, accused Giuliani of defaming them after the 2020 election by spreading baseless claims of mass voter fraud.

Giuliani filed for bankruptcy shortly after the verdict was announced, effectively freezing the proceedings and preventing the workers from collecting the large sum. However, a bankruptcy judge recently unfroze the case, allowing Giuliani’s attorney to continue representing him.

Hours after the judge’s decision, Giuliani formally filed his notice of appeal on Tuesday. His attorney expressed gratitude for the judge’s prompt consideration and stated their intention to proceed accordingly.

The jury, composed of Washington, D.C. residents, found Giuliani liable for defaming Freeman and Moss and ordered him to pay $148 million in damages. The accusations against the workers revolved around video footage showing them working at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena on the night of the election. Giuliani spread falsehoods suggesting they engaged in mass voter fraud.

During the trial, both Freeman and Moss testified about the profound negative impact the accusations had on their lives. They recounted receiving racist and violent threats as a result of Giuliani’s statements and those of other allies of former President Trump.

Giuliani has also renewed his motion for judgment as a matter of law, asserting that his statements were protected opinion under the First Amendment and were not made with actual malice. The judge had previously rejected these arguments, along with Giuliani’s claim that the expert testimony presented by the workers was inadmissible.

Giuliani’s appeal comes after his bankruptcy judge approved a plan for his attorney to be paid a flat rate of $50,000 from two third-party funds to handle the appeal. Giuliani himself is unable to provide the funds due to the ongoing bankruptcy proceedings and his obligation to preserve his assets for the election workers and other creditors.

It remains unclear how much Freeman and Moss will be able to recover from Giuliani, even if his appeal is unsuccessful. They are among a list of creditors in his bankruptcy case that includes other individuals and companies, such as Hunter Biden, the president’s son, and voting equipment companies Smartmatic and Dominion.

Giuliani’s appeal signifies his determination to challenge the jury’s verdict and the substantial damages awarded to the election workers. The outcome of the appeal will have significant implications for both parties involved.