Once hailed as “America’s Mayor” for his leadership during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Rudy Giuliani’s reputation has taken a nosedive in recent years. His role as Donald J. Trump’s lawyer has not only placed him in the center of political controversies but has also led to significant legal and financial troubles.
n eight-person federal jury in Washington, DC, has ordered Rudy Giuliani to pay $148 million in damages to two former election workers, Ruby Freeman and her daughter Wandrea “Shaye” Moss. The defamation lawsuit stemmed from Giuliani’s false claims about the 2020 presidential election, where he alleged that Freeman and Moss attempted to rig the election against Trump.
Giuliani faces a hefty penalty of $75 million in punitive damages, along with $36 million each for defamation and emotional distress. Despite Giuliani’s insistence that his remarks were and continue to be supportable, the jury’s decision adds to his legal woes.
Giuliani’s Defense and Financial Struggles
Giuliani’s lawyer, Joseph Sibley, admitted that his client had caused harm but argued against the $148 million penalty, stating that it would be the end for Giuliani and emphasizing his client’s character as a “good man.” This verdict comes at a time when Giuliani is grappling with an array of legal and financial challenges.
Trump’s Inner Circle and the 2020 Election Plot
Giuliani, along with Donald Trump and 17 others, faces charges of participating in an illegal plot to overturn the outcome of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia. This legal battle is just one facet of the complex issues Giuliani is entangled in.
License Suspension and Other Lawsuits
In 2021, Giuliani had his licenses to practice law in New York and Washington, DC, suspended over his false statements about the 2020 election. Moreover, the 79-year-old former prosecutor is being sued by his former lawyer for allegedly not paying a significant portion of $1.6 million in outstanding legal fees.
Giuliani is also facing legal action from Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden’s son, who has sued him for alleged computer fraud. Additionally, a former employee has filed a lawsuit against Giuliani, accusing him of wage theft and sexual harassment.
Rudy Giuliani’s fall from grace, from the revered “America’s Mayor” to facing substantial legal and financial jeopardy, reflects the intricate web of consequences tied to his association with Donald J. Trump. As legal battles continue to unfold, Giuliani’s legacy is undergoing a profound transformation, leaving behind a trail of controversies and challenges that may define his place in American history.