Rudy Giuliani must immediately pay another $148 millionwith a federal judge suggesting that the former New York mayor may have been dishonest about his finances and expressing concern that he might not comply with the sentence.
The latest twist in the defamation case comes just days after Giuliani was ordered to pay $148 million to the two women, Ruby Freeman and her daughter, Wandrea “Shaye” Moss. Giuliani had falsely claimed in the wake of the 2020 presidential election that they engaged in fraudulent ballot processing while serving as poll workers.
In a sharp ruling Wednesday, Judge Beryl Howell questioned Giuliani’s objections that he could not afford to pay a large sum of money. “Such claims about Giuliani’s ‘financial hardships’ — no matter how often repeated or publicly disseminated and duly reported in the media — are difficult to square with the fact that Giuliani has a spokesman who accompanied him to court on a daily basis,” Howell wrote .
Before the jury went into deliberations last week, Giuliani’s lawyer had argued that payment of the $48 million in damages originally requested by Freeman and Moss.will be the end” of him financially. Nevertheless, the jury came back with an award that was $100 million more than they had sought.
Giuliani’s attorney, Joe Sibley, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Despite the jury’s decision, Giuliani continued to air his election conspiracy theories targeting the two women. Three days after the defamation case ended, Freeman and Shaye Moss filed a new complaint, asking the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to permanently enjoin Giuliani from “continuing his defamatory campaign” against them.
In Wednesday’s ruling, Howell noted that she waived the standard 30-day waiting period to collect on the judgment. “Notably, although he regularly speaks publicly about this matter, Giuliani has never denied that he has taken steps to hide his assets from judgment creditors, and he has not made an affirmative promise that he will not take steps to to do so, including in the next 30 days,” she noted.
Giuliani’s net worth
About 15 years ago, the former public servant’s net worth was estimated atwith $15 million of the total coming from his business activities, including his work with the lobbying firm Giuliani Partners.
But signs suggest Giuliani’s wealth has declined since then. First, he has turned to selling 9/11 shirts for $911 and at one point he was selling video messages on Cameo for $325 apiece. His page on the site says Giuliani is no longer available.
Giuliani also faces other financial challenges. His longtime attorney is fell to 6.1 million., alleging that the former mayor owes him nearly $1.4 million in legal fees. Giuliani also put his Manhattan apartment up for sale earlier this year for $6.5 million, though the price has since been