Giuliani to Stop Election Fraud Claims Against Freeman, Moss

Giuliani faces legal consequences for defaming election workers

by Zain ul Abedin
Giuliani to Stop Election Fraud Claims Against Freeman, Moss
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Rudy Giuliani has agreed to cease making election fraud accusations against Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss, two former Georgia election workers. This decision comes after a significant legal victory for Freeman and Moss, who were awarded a $148 million judgment following a defamation lawsuit against the former New York City mayor.

According to attorneys representing Freeman and Moss, Giuliani has committed "to never again accuse either [Ruby] Freeman or [Shaye] Moss of engaging in any wrongdoing in connection with the 2020 election." This settlement marks the end of Giuliani's campaign of false allegations against these women, who played crucial roles in the electoral process.

"Today ends [Giuliani's] efforts to profit off of lies about these two heroes of American democracy," said Michael Gottlieb, an attorney for Freeman and Moss. His statement underscores the ruling's significant impact, which aims to restore Freeman and Moss's reputations after they endured baseless accusations.

Giuliani's Future Comments

Ted Goodman, a spokesperson for Giuliani, commented to ABC News, stating: "Based on advice from his lawyers, Mayor Rudy Giuliani agreed not to comment on the two specific individuals or their activities until the cases are resolved.

He will continue to comment on everything else surrounding the 2020 election, particularly the latest developments in Fulton County." This statement indicates that Giuliani plans to remain vocal on other aspects of the 2020 election while adhering to the legal agreement regarding Freeman and Moss.

The jury awarded substantial compensations to Freeman and Moss: $16,171,000 to Freeman and $16,998,000 to Moss. Additionally, both women received $20 million each for emotional distress and a combined $75 million in punitive damages.

These awards reflect the jury's recognition of the severe impact the defamatory statements had on their lives. Following the judgment, Freeman and Moss pursued further legal action to "permanently bar" Giuliani from making additional defamatory comments about them.

This step was prompted by Giuliani's continued dissemination of false claims, even after the initial ruling. In a 134-page complaint filed in December, their attorneys highlighted Giuliani's persistent spread of lies, citing specific comments he made to ABC News asserting that Freeman and Moss were "changing votes." Giuliani's legal and financial troubles have mounted, including filing for bankruptcy and losing his position at a radio show.

Additionally, he pleaded not guilty to election-related charges brought by the Arizona Attorney General, marking another chapter in his ongoing legal battles.