Black Ga. Poll Worker Testifies In Defamation Lawsuit Against Rudy Giuliani

A jury will decide how much Trump’s ex-lawyer must pay Shaye Moss and Ruby Freeman.

Former Fulton County, Ga., election worker Wandrea “Shaye” Moss testified Tuesday (Dec. 12) in her defamation trial against Rudy Giuliani, NBC News reports

A jury will determine how much the former Donald Trump lawyer must pay Moss and her mother, Ruby Freeman, for smearing their reputation and endangering their lives. The court previously found Giuliani liable. 

Moss and Freeman have said they received violent threats after conspiracy theorists on social media falsely claimed that they committed election fraud to help President Joe Biden win the election. Trump and Giuliani then amplified those false allegations. 

In her courtroom testimony, Moss said, “I now am very anxious. I have these non-stop anxious sweats. I have a lot of dark moments. I no longer go out. I will not be caught out anywhere alone, ever.”

In August, U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell found the former New York City mayor liable for damages after he defied her orders several times to turn over evidence to Moss and Freeman’s legal team. 

Georgia election officials have also cleared the mother and daughter of the election fraud allegations. 

CBS News reported on Monday (Dec. 11) that the lawyers completed jury selection and made their opening statements. The lawsuit seeks from $15.5 million to $43 million.

Defamation Suit Against Rudy Giuliani Filed By Georgia Election Poll Workers To Proceed

Freeman and Moss’ attorney Von Dubose told the jurors that he would show evidence of the deep emotional and psychological scars Giuliani caused.

At a 2022 congressional hearing, Moss testified about the pair’s experience, including having to go into hiding and change their appearance. 

“It's turned my life upside down. I no longer give out my business card... I don't want anyone knowing my name. I don't go to the grocery store at all. I haven't been anywhere at all. I've gained about 60 pounds. I just don't do nothing anymore,” she told the lawmakers. 

Defense attorney Joseph Sibley told jurors Monday (Dec. 11) he would not contest the evidence against Giuliani but said his client didn’t intend for Moss and Freeman to come under attack.

Giuliani has already conceded he made false statements about the pair when he accused them of committing voter fraud, but arguing that he engaged in constitutionally protected speech and his concession was a legal maneuver. 

“At the end of this…I'm gonna ask you to award a number of damages against my client,” Sibley said but asked that the award is “fair and proportional” for what Giuliani did.

But outside the courtroom on Monday, Giuliani contradicted his attorney. Giuliani told reporters he “told the truth” about Freeman and Moss, vowing to testify to that in court. 

However, after a lengthy investigation, Georgia election officials said three law enforcement agencies, including the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the FBI, reviewed unedited video footage of the alleged fraud but found no evidence of wrongdoing. 

They compared the unedited Moss and Freeman video to social media versions. Their investigation found that a third party “admitted he created a fake account and confirmed the content that was posted on the account was fake.”

Georgia Election Board Dismisses Fraud Claim Against Poll Workers

In April 2022, Moss and Freeman settled their defamation lawsuit against far-right One America News Network. The lawsuit named OAN officials, Trump and Giuliani as defendants.

According to the complaint, OAN broadcast stories falsely accusing the mother and daughter of conspiring to run fake ballots through voting machines to help Biden win the election. Giuliani was a frequent guest on OAN programs in which he made false claims on Trump’s behalf about voter fraud in the 2020 election.

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