Rudy Giuliani Ordered to Pay $148.1m in Damages for Lies About Election Workers – A jury in Washington DC has mandated Rudy Giuliani to pay $148.1 million to two Atlanta election workers. This significant verdict stems from Giuliani’s false accusations against Ruby Freeman and her daughter Shaye Moss, who endured harassment and threats following baseless claims of election theft.
The trial unfolded over four days, revealing the emotional distress the Black women still endure today. The plaintiffs sought at least $24 million in damages each, with Giuliani’s attorney suggesting this could be a “death penalty” for Giuliani. Compensatory damages for Freeman amounted to almost $16.2 million, while Moss received $17 million.
Both women were awarded $20 million each for intentional infliction of emotional distress. Additionally, the jury imposed $75 million in punitive damages. Giuliani is also responsible for approximately $275,000 in legal fees. “Today’s a good day. A jury stood witness to what Rudy Giuliani did to me and my daughter and held him accountable, and for that I’m thankful,” said Freeman, speaking at the court after the verdict.
“Today is not the end of the road, we still have work to do. Rudy Giuliani was not the only one who spread lies about us, and others must be held accountable too. But that is tomorrow’s work. “I want people to understand this,” she added. “Money will never solve all my problems. I can never move back into the house that I call home. I will always have to be careful about where I go and who I choose to share my name with.”
“I miss my home, I miss my neighbors, and I miss my name.” Giuliani, meanwhile, doubled down on his false claims about Freeman and Moss, saying again that he had evidence they were true. “The absurdity of the number merely underscores the absurdity of the entire proceeding where I’ve not been able to offer one piece of evidence in defense, which I have a lot,” Giuliani said in a short press gaggle, promising to appeal the result.
“So I am quite confident when this case gets before a fair tribunal it will be reversed so quickly that it will make your head spin and the absurd number that just came in will help that, actually.” He also continued to insist that his claims about the two women were justified. “I have no doubt that my comments were made and they were supportable and they are supportable today,” he said.
Giuliani has vowed to appeal, likely employing various legal tactics to prevent payment amid widely reported financial challenges. This case is part of a trend where individuals deploy defamation law to combat false narratives since the 2020 election. Dominion settled a defamation case with Fox for $787 million this year.
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Freeman and Moss also have an ongoing lawsuit against the Gateway Pundit and settled with One America News last year. Civil rights groups are increasingly using defamation law to counteract misinformation. The false allegations against the women were central to Giuliani and Trump’s attempts to overturn Georgia’s election results, with Giuliani persisting in spreading debunked claims.
Shortly after, Freeman and Moss began receiving death threats via mail, email, social media, and voicemail—racist messages that were presented in court this week. Giuliani, who earlier admitted to making false statements about the women, withheld documents in the case. Judge Howell held him liable for defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and civil conspiracy.
The jury’s sole task was determining the amount of damages Giuliani should pay. While Giuliani’s attorney acknowledged wrongdoing in his opening statement, he later sought to distance Giuliani from the resulting threats and argued that the requested tens of millions weren’t proportionate to the harm suffered.
Giuliani’s defense weakened further when, after the proceedings, he insisted the statements about Freeman and Moss were true. Despite initially planning to testify, Giuliani ultimately decided against it on Thursday. From the beginning, Freeman and Moss’s legal team emphasized that the case aimed to restore their clients’ reputations and send a clear message to influential individuals that making unfounded claims would not go without consequences.