Rudy Giuliani Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection After Facing $148 Million Defamation Judgment

Rudy Giuliani, the former Mayor of New York, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after being ordered by Obama-appointed Judge Beryl Howell to immediately pay $148 million to Georgia election workers Ruby Freeman and Wandrea “Shaye” Moss. The bankruptcy filing revealed that Giuliani listed $500 million in debts and between $1 million and $10 million in assets, effectively putting the litigation on hold.

According to Bloomberg, Giuliani filed for protection from creditors in New York and has debts of as much as $500 million and assets of up to $10 million, providing him with a temporary respite from creditors while civil litigation is paused. This came after Giuliani was ordered to pay $148 million to the two Georgia election workers for promoting conspiracy theories about them, prompting his bankruptcy lawyers, Heath Berger and Gary Fischoff, to release a statement saying, “No person could have reasonably believed that Mayor Giuliani would be able to pay such a high punitive amount.”

The defamation suit stemmed from Giuliani’s statements about the two election workers seen on surveillance video from the State Farm Arena tabulation center on election night in 2020, which allegedly showed the workers scanning ballots without an independent state monitor present. However, Judge Beryl Howell unilaterally decided that Giuliani was guilty of defamation after he was late turning in a financial statement in the case, resulting in the DC jury ruling that he pay the two plaintiffs $148 million without being allowed to present any evidence on his behalf in court proceedings.

Freeman and Moss asked the judge to permit immediate enforcement of the judgment, expressing concern that Giuliani could attempt to dissipate his assets before they could recover them. Judge Beryl Howell agreed, pointing out Giuliani’s record as an “unwilling and uncooperative litigant,” providing the plaintiffs “good cause to believe that he will seek to dissipate or conceal his assets” before paying them. The two women then sued Giuliani again, seeking to permanently bar him from making public statements about them related to their involvement in counting ballots in the 2020 presidential election.

The new lawsuit comes after the DC jury ruled that Giuliani owes plaintiffs $148 million and Judge Beryl Howell decided he was liable for defaming Freeman and Moss because he didn’t turn over electronic devices belonging to the FBI. Giuliani spoke exclusively to The Gateway Pundit’s Jordan Conradson to share his thoughts and plans to appeal the DC Court’s finding that he defamed the Georgia 2020 election workers, saying, “My next steps are going to be to appeal it. It is going to take a while because there’s so much to appeal.”


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