UPDATE: Giuliani concedes statements were defamatory in Georgia election workers’ case


Rudy Giuliani, onetime attorney for former U.S. President Donald Trump, admitted in a court filing late Tuesday that he made defamatory statements about a pair of Georgia election workers.

Giuliani told a federal court in Washington that he does not dispute that comments he made about Wandrea “Shaye” Moss and Ruby Freeman “carry meaning that is defamatory per se.”

Moss and Freeman said in a December 2021 lawsuit that Giuliani injured their reputations when he accused them of conspiring to produce and process secret batches of illegal ballots. No evidence supports such claims, which have been repeatedly debunked by Georgia election officials.

Giuliani said in the filing that he was making the concession “solely for purposes of this litigation” and “without admitting to the truth of the allegations.”

Ted Goodman, a political adviser to Giuliani, said in a statement that Giuliani wanted “to move on to the portion of the case that will permit a motion to dismiss.”

Michael Gottlieb, a lawyer for Moss and Freeman, said in a statement that Giuliani’s filing concedes that Freeman and Moss did their jobs as election workers “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.”