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Georgia Election Employees Sue Rudy Giuliani, OAN Over Election Fraud Claims

ATLANTA (AP) — Two Georgia election staff filed a lawsuit Thursday accusing a right-wing cable information channel and previous New York Town Mayor Rudy Giuliani of defaming them by way of falsely claiming they engaged in poll fraud all through the 2020 election.

It was once the second one defamation lawsuit by way of Fulton County election staff Ruby Freeman and Wandrea “Shaye” Moss this month over debunked claims they presented suitcases of unlawful ballots and dedicated different acts of election fraud to check out to vary the end result of the presidential election in Georgia. The pair, a mom and daughter, sued conservative web page The Gateway Pundit on Dec. 2.

The lawsuit filed Thursday says One The us Information Community persisted to accuse Freeman and Moss of wrongdoing even after Georgia election officers refuted the allegations in opposition to them. Giuliani, a attorney for former President Donald Trump, seemed ceaselessly at the community and in conjunction with OAN, “persisted to submit and enlarge the lie,” consistent with the swimsuit filed in federal court docket in Washington.

An electronic mail to One The us Information Community and a member of the circle of relatives that began it was once no longer in an instant returned. Messages at a telephone quantity and electronic mail addresses related to Giuliani have been additionally no longer in an instant returned.

Angered by way of his slim loss in a historically Republican state, former President Donald Trump centered intense scrutiny on Georgia, making unproven claims that fashionable fraud resulted in Joe Biden’s victory within the state.

In a telephone name with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Jan. 2, Trump pressed the Republican legitimate to “to find” votes for him and discussed Freeman by way of title, calling her “a vote scammer, a qualified vote scammer and hustler.”

Freeman labored as a brief election employee all through the 2020 election, verifying signatures on absentee ballots and making ready them to be counted and processed. Moss has labored for the Fulton County elections division since 2012 and supervised the absentee poll operation all through remaining 12 months’s election.

The swimsuit says Freeman and Moss gained “an instantaneous onslaught of violent and racist threats and harassment” on account of the false claims in opposition to them and are “afraid to reside customary lives.” It seeks punitive damages in addition to a court docket order requiring the defendants to take away false statements about Freeman and Moss from their web sites and different media channels.

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