The former mayor of New York, Rudy Giulianiwas sentenced on Friday to pay $148 million for defamation against two Georgia election workers whom he accused of fraud in the 2020 presidential elections. The former lawyer of the former president of the United States donald trump (2017-2021), accused without evidence Ruby Freeman and his daughter, Shaye Mossof having manipulated the results in Georgia, where Democrat Joe Biden defeated Trump by a narrow margin.
A federal judge in Washington determined in August that Giuliani is guilty of having defamed the two women and, after two days of deliberations, a popular jury determined this Friday that he must pay $148 million to the victims in damages. According to the local press, Giuliani faces numerous financial problems and has not yet deposited the $200,000 fine that was imposed on him in August for this same case.
“I don’t regret anything,” said the Republican politician as he left the courthouse, where he repeated to the press his conspiracy theory that the 2020 elections were rigged.
For her part, Shaye Moss explained to reporters that Giuliani’s lies changed her and her mother’s lives, and that the last two years have been “devastating” for both of them.
In 2020, Guliani and the Trump campaign released a video of Freeman and Moss at a Georgia polling station and falsely claimed that the women were carrying suitcases full of votes. During the trial, Giuliani’s defense admitted that his client made a mistake, but claimed that the former mayor is actually “a good man” and that the amount the two women were asking for was too high.
The Republican did not testify at the trial because his lawyers recommended that he do so. At Wednesday’s hearing, Ruby Freeman gave emotional testimony about the racist threats and insults she and her daughter, both African-Americans, have endured since the presidential election.
“Giuliani ruined my life,” declared the woman, who still today says she is “afraid” to say his name in public places. The former mayor, for his part, defended that his conduct is protected by freedom of expression.
Donald Trump is accused in two judicial proceedings, one in a federal court in Washington and another in a state court in Georgia, for his attempts to reverse the result of the 2020 elections, in which he lost against Biden. Giuliani is charged in the Georgia case as Trump’s accomplice in the criminal plot. According to the local press, the former mayor had unsuccessfully asked Trump for money to be able to cover the costs of his legal cases.