Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is facing a new lawsuit filed by Georgia election workers Ruby Freeman and Wandrea ‘Shaye’ Moss, who are seeking a permanent injunction to prevent him from further defaming them. This legal action follows a recent $148 million jury award against Giuliani for falsely accusing the pair of manipulating votes during the 2020 election.
The lawsuit, filed after Giuliani reiterated his previous comments, claims that he continues to spread the same lies for which he has already been held liable. The plaintiffs argue that Giuliani’s persistent campaign of targeted defamation and harassment must be stopped.
The jury in Washington, D.C., had previously determined that Giuliani should pay Freeman and Moss the substantial sum for his false accusations. Giuliani, however, remained defiant, insisting that his statements about the election workers were true and supportable.
Former President Donald Trump commented on the situation, expressing sympathy for Giuliani, whom he described as a great patriot and the greatest mayor in New York’s history. Trump called the situation very unfair but did not indicate whether he would provide financial assistance to Giuliani.
Giuliani’s political advisor, Ted Goodman, defended him, highlighting Giuliani’s past achievements, including his role in taking down the Mafia, cleaning up New York City, and comforting the nation after the September 11th attacks.
The new lawsuit comes as U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell considers how to enforce potential future comments by Giuliani. The plaintiffs’ legal team had previously requested Giuliani to agree not to make similar false claims in the future.
This legal development adds to Giuliani’s mounting challenges, including other lawsuits and financial setbacks. Despite the jury’s verdict, Giuliani has vowed to appeal, maintaining that the trial was unfair and the award amount was absurd.
The case represents a significant legal and financial challenge for Giuliani, who faces other legal battles, including a lawsuit by Dominion Voting Systems over election interference claims and a claim by his former lawyer for alleged unpaid fees.
The situation underscores the ongoing legal and political repercussions of the 2020 election and the impact of false claims on individuals involved in the electoral process.