Rudy Giuliani Slammed With $148 Million In Damages For Defamation
Former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani has been ordered to pay a huge sum in damages to two election workers in Georgia he accused of committing election fraud in the 2020 election.
A Washington, D.C., jury, decided that the women deserve $148 million in damages on Friday after Judge Beryl A. Howell ruled that Giuliani’s claims constitute defamation.
Giuliani had said that Ruby Freeman and her daughter, Wandrea “Shaye” Moss committed fraud during his fight against the results of the 2020 election. Now, the former New York City mayor has to pay $270,000 in legal fees for the mother-daughter duo.
He will also be paying $75 million to both of them in punitive damages and $40 million for emotional distress. In addition to those, he is required to pay Freeman a little over $16 million for defamation and almost $17 million to Moss for the same.
Both women celebrated the ruling after the court session. “A jury stood witness to what Rudy Giuliani did to me and my daughter and held him accountable, and for that, I’m thankful,” Freeman said in a statement.
She added, “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.“
Moss also expressed a belief that the decision is a step towards justice as she said “every aspect” of their lives were changed because of Giuliani’s accusations.
“The flame that Giuliani lit with those lies and passed to so many others to keep that flame blazing changed every aspect of our lives, our home family, our work, our sense of safety and mental health. And we’re still working to rebuild as we move forward and continue to seek justice,” she stated further.
Giuliani, unsurprisingly, is displeased with the ruling and said he would be going for an appeal.
While maintaining that he does not “regret a damn thing,” he came after the high figure, dismissing it as “absurd.”
Per Fox News, he said after the ruling, “The absurdity of the number merely underscores the absurdity of the entire proceeding, where I’ve not been allowed to offer one single piece of evidence in defense,of which I have a lot. So I am quite confident when this case gets before a fair tribunal, it will be reversed so quickly, it’ll make your head spin and the absurd number that just came in will help that, actually.”
In a similar tweet, he also said the entire proceeding “bore no resemblance to a trial in a country with the rule of law.”
“I wasn’t able to offer any evidence in my defense. We’ll have more to say and look forward to the appeal,” he added.
The absurdity of the amount is indicative of the absurdity and unfairness of the entire proceeding.
It bore no resemblance to a trial in a country with the rule of law. I wasn't able to offer any evidence in my defense. We'll have more to say and look forward to the appeal.
— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) December 15, 2023