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Rudy Giuliani leaves the court in Washington after his conviction.

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The former lawyer Donald Trump's staff, Rudy Giuliani, was ordered Friday to pay more than $148 million to two election workers he defamed during the 2020 presidential election.

Lawyers for Ruby Freeman and her daughter Wandrea “Shaye” Moss, two Georgia election officials, had sought in Washington federal court at least $24 million each.

However, the jury awarded each of them nearly 17 million dollars in compensation, 20 million for moral damage and a total amount of 75 million in damages, specified the American media .

After recognizing in July the falsity of his accusations against the two electoral agents, Mr. Giuliani affirmed Friday that he had no doubt that his statements were tenable at the time and in the past. were still today but that he had been prevented from providing proof.

The absurdity of this amount only underlines the absurdity of the entire procedure, reacted Mr. Giuliani in a statement to journalists leaving the court, suggesting that he would appeal. p>

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I am therefore confident in the fact that when this file arrives in front of a fair court, it will be canceled very quickly, he added.

Asked about his possible regrets for the attacks suffered by the two women, he acknowledged that these comments were abominable but assured that he was in no way responsible for them.< /p>

Rudy Giuliani wasn't the only one spreading lies about us. Other people must be held accountable, but that will be for later, said Ruby Freeman, in a probable allusion to Donald Trump.

Reputed to be in serious financial difficulty, Rudy Giuliani is also being sued by a law firm which represented him for several years and which is claiming $1.3 million in unpaid debts from him.

From a video in which we see the mother and her daughter passing an object – which will turn out to be a mint tablet – during the counting of the ballots, the ex-mayor and ex- New York prosecutor had claimed that they exchanged a USB key as if they were doses of heroin or cocaine to rig the results.

The complainants, both black, recounted how Mr. Giuliani's accusations, taken up by Donald Trump on his social networks, had earned them a flood of insults and threats, often of a racist nature.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">Reading a statement outside court, Moss described the devastating years she and her mother endured because of Rudy Giuliani's lies.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">The flame that Giuliani lit with these lies, which he passed on to many others to fan that flame, has changed every aspect of our lives, our homes, our families, our work, our sense of safety and our mental health, she listed.

In August, Judge Beryl Howell had already found Rudy Giuliani guilty of defamation against both women and ordered him to reimburse them for their lawyer's fees.

Rudy Giuliani was criminally charged in August by the courts of Georgia with Donald Trump and 17 others for illicit manipulation to overturn the results of the 2020 election in this key state.

Four of the 19 defendants initially targeted by the indictment issued on August 14, notably under a law on organized crime, have already pleaded guilty. They were sentenced to reduced sentences, without prison time, in exchange for their testimony at the future trial of the other defendants.

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