Former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani has been defeated in a defamation lawsuit brought against him by two Georgia election workers.
Ruby Freeman and her daughter Wandrea “Shaye” Moss pursued legal action against Giuliani, accusing him of making false statements that defamed their character in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election.
U.S. District Court Judge Beryl A. Howell issued a default judgment against the former mayor of New York City on Wednesday, holding him liable for the plaintiffs’ claims of defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, civil conspiracy, and demands for punitive damages, all in accordance with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
Judge Howell directed both parties to mutually determine a forthcoming trial date to assess damages. Additionally, Giuliani has been instructed to cover the plaintiffs’ legal fees.
In response to Giuliani’s failure to timely reimburse the plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees amounting to $89,172.50 by the deadline of July 25, 2023, the jury will be advised that, while deliberating on appropriate punitive damages, they should consider that he appears to be deliberately concealing pertinent financial information to artificially diminish his net worth.