Georgia election workers seek tens of millions from Giuliani for defamation

November 16, 2023

Former Georgia election workers Ruby Freeman and her daughter Shaye Moss will seek between $15.5 million and $43 million from Rudy Giuliani for defamation, according to court documents filed this week.

Giulani was found liable for defaming the pair back in August after he admitted on the record that he had lied about them.

In June 2022, Moss testified during a televised hearing of the House Select January 6 Committee about how a mob of Trump supporters had targeted her and her mother, both online and in person, after consuming debunked conspiracy theories about the pair’s actions on Election Day 2020, to the point where Moss said she and Freeman felt safe “nowhere.”

Giuliani, who was advising then-President Trump on efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss, falsely claimed that Moss and Freeman could be seen on video passing USB drives “like vials of heroin or cocaine” while counting ballots in Fulton County, Georgia. 

Moss testified to Congress that what her mother was actually passing to her was “a ginger mint.” 

Ahead of the broadcast Freeman testified to the committee that because of Giuliani’s false claims, “I have lost my name and I have lost my reputation” as well as “my sense of security.”

In a 57-page opinion U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell ruled in favor of the two election workers by default in August after Giuliani resisted turning over discovery to the election workers’ legal team.

She further fined the former Trump attorney—who is also a co-defendant in the Fulton County racketeering trial linked to efforts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results—and his businesses more than $132,000 for failing to hand over that discovery.

In court papers filed Tuesday, attorneys for Moss and Freeman said they expected their case to last two or three days, noting it’s possible they’ll call Giuliani to the witness stand.

The damages portion of the trial, during which a jury will determine how much Giuliani owes the election workers, is set to begin December 11.

In August amid the defamation trial, Giuliani submitted a filing with the court claiming to be having “financial difficulties.” His former attorney Robert Costello and Costello’s law firm are suing the former Mayor of New York City over alleged unpaid legal bills.

PHOTO: Shaye Moss, House January 6 Committee Testimony (Ruby Freeman in red behind Moss)

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