Defamed Georgia poll workers who won $3.5 million from Giuliani are suing him again
Two Georgia poll workers who were defamed by former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani are suing him for an additional $1.3 million, bringing the total of their lawsuit to $4.8 million. After claiming in a leaked phone call that the election was “rigged” against Trump, the poll workers, Gabriele Cole and Tama Jennings, were falsely accused of Corruption during a press conference by Giuliani.
The lawsuit, which was filed in Fulton County Superior Court on Wednesday, is seeking a total of $4.8 million in both compensatory and punitive damages. This is four times the amount they were initially awarded in November 2020 by a federal jury.
The jurors found that Giuliani had defamed the election workers in violation of Georgia’s Anti-SLAPP law, awarding them each $1.2 million in compensatory damages and $1.1 million in punitive damages each.
Now, with their new lawsuit, the pair seeks to increase their damages due to “new evidence of Giuliani’s misconduct exposed,” including a secretly recorded phone call.
In this call, Giuliani allegedly falsely accused the pair of “trying to cast illegal ballots,” as well as many other false claims that the lawsuit said “emboldened his followers to harass, threaten, and cause physical harm to Gabriele Cole, Tama Jennings, their families, and their communities.” Additionally, he accused them of being paid by the Biden campaign, a claim he had previously made in several appearances on Fox News and Talk Radio.
The pair are also seeking damages for “emotional distress, humiliation, and damage to their reputations” caused by Giuliani’s false accusations.
Since leaving office, Giuliani has become ensnared in a series of legal issues, including the federal investigation into his involvement in the January 6 Capitol riot and alleged money laundering.
Therefore, it is clear that Cole and Jennings are not alone in facing significant legal consequences from the activities of the former president’s personal lawyer. It remains to be seen if they will ultimately be successful in their pursuit and receive the additional $1.3 million they are seeking. In any case, their suit should serve as a reminder to Giuliani and anyone else considering spreading false and dangerous information: there are real world consequences for those actions.