ATLANTA (AP) — Two Georgia election workers filed a lawsuit Thursday accusing a right-wing cable news channel and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani of defaming them by falsely claiming they engaged in ballot fraud during the 2020 election.
It was the second defamation lawsuit by Fulton County election workers Ruby Freeman and Wandrea “Shaye” Moss this month over debunked claims they introduced suitcases of illegal ballots and committed other acts of election fraud to try to alter the outcome of the presidential election in Georgia. The mother and her daughter sued The Gateway Pundit, a conservative website, on December 2.
One America News Network filed a lawsuit Thursday claiming that they continued to accuse Freeman, and Moss of wrongdoing after Georgia’s election officials denied the accusations. Giuliani is a former President’s lawyer. Donald Trump, appeared frequently on the network and along with OAN, “continued to publish and amplify the lie,” according to the suit filed in federal court in Washington.
One America News Network received an email from a family member that initiated it, but they did not respond immediately. Also, messages sent to Giuliani via email and phone were not promptly returned.
Ex-President Donald Trump was angry at his small loss in Georgia. He made unproven claims about widespread fraud that led to the state’s collapse. Joe Biden’s victory in the state.
In a phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Jan. 2, Trump pressed the Republican official to “find” votes for him and mentioned Freeman by name, calling her “a vote scammer, a professional vote scammer and hustler.”
Freeman served as temporary election worker for the 2020 election. His duties included verifying absentee ballot signatures and prepping them for processing. Moss has worked for the Fulton County elections department since 2012 and supervised the absentee ballot operation during last year’s election.
The suit says Freeman and Moss received “an immediate onslaught of violent and racist threats and harassment” as a result of the false claims against them and are “afraid to live normal lives.” It seeks punitive damages as well as a court order requiring the defendants to remove false statements about Freeman and Moss from their websites and other media channels.