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Giuliani Files for Bankruptcy After Judge Orders Him to Pay $148M to Defamed Election Workers

HeadlineDec 22, 2023

Trump’s former attorney Rudy Giuliani filed for bankruptcy protection in New York on Thursday, just a day after a federal judge ruled that he must immediately pay the $148 million he owes to former Georgia election workers Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss. Giuliani was found liable in August for defaming the African American mother and daughter after he falsely accused them of committing fraud as they tallied ballots in Atlanta during the 2020 election, leading to a torrent of death threats from Trump supporters. In his Chapter 11 filing, Giuliani listed debts of up to half a billion dollars — including nearly $1 million in unpaid taxes. However, U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell remains skeptical, writing, “Such claims of Giuliani’s 'financial difficulties' — no matter how many times repeated or publicly disseminated and duly reported in the media — are difficult to square with the fact that Giuliani affords a spokesperson, who accompanied him daily to trial.”

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