Washington, D.C. – Rudolph Giuliani has admitted that he made false statements against former Georgia election officials Ruby Freeman and Wandrea ArShaye (“Shaye”) Moss.
In a filing last night, Giuliani conceded that he “made the statements” detailed in Moss and Freeman’s complaint and that “he does not dispute, for purposes of this litigation, that the statements carry meaning that is defamatory per se.” Giuliani also acknowledged for purposes of the litigation that he “published those statements to third parties,” that “to the extent that statements were statements of fact and otherwise actionable, such actual factual statements were false,” and that he “does not contest…the factual elements of liability.”
Moss and Freeman filed suit in December 2021 against Mr. Giuliani for defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and civil conspiracy arising from statements he made to intentionally undermine the results of the 2020 presidential election. Protect Democracy, through its Law for Truth project, represents Ms. Freeman and Ms. Moss in the case against Mr. Giuliani, in partnership with the law firms Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, and DuBose Miller LLC. The Law for Truth project works to stop those who intentionally and recklessly spread false information that undermines our democracy through strategic litigation, issue-focused advocacy, and public education.
“Giuliani’s stipulation concedes what we have always known to be true — Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss honorably performed their civic duties in the 2020 presidential election in full compliance with the law; and the allegations of election fraud he and former-President Trump made against them have been false since day one,” said Michael J. Gottlieb, partner at Willkie, Farr & Gallagher LLP. “While certain issues, including damages, remain to be decided in court, our clients are pleased with this major milestone in their fight for justice, and look forward to presenting what remains of this case at trial.”
“The false accusations against Ruby and Shaye turned their lives upside down,” said Von DuBose, Partner at DuBose Miller LLC. “Time and again the facts have shown that they did nothing wrong, and today we have more confirmation of that reality.”
“Weaponizing false information against election workers doesn’t just turn their lives upside down, it threatens the underpinnings of our democracy,” said John Langford, Counsel at Protect Democracy. “Representing Shaye and Ruby is a privilege, and we look forward to continuing to support them in their journey to restore their reputations..”
More information about this litigation can be found here.
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