WASHINGTON (AP) — Scared for her life after Rudy Giuliani and different Donald Trump allies falsely accused her of fraud, former Georgia election employee Wandrea “Shaye” Moss informed jurors Tuesday she seldom leaves her dwelling, suffers from panic assaults and battles nightmares introduced on by a barrage of threatening and racist messages.

Wandrea “Shaye” Moss took the witness stand on the second day of the defamation trial that can decide how a lot the previous New York Metropolis mayor should pay Moss and her mom, Ruby Freeman, for spreading a conspiracy idea that they rigged the state’s 2020 election outcomes. Moss famous that Giuliani only a day earlier — after the trial started — repeated the false claims about her and her mom, saying they have been “engaged in altering votes.”

“I personally can’t restore my popularity for the time being as a result of your shopper continues to be mendacity on me and ruining my popularity additional,” she informed Giuliani’s lawyer.

She sobbed as she testified that her life was turned the other way up by the accusations, although they have been shortly debunked by state officers. Her attorneys displayed just a few of the graphic messages accusing her of treason and extra that she acquired after Giuliani in December 2020 falsely accused employees on the State Farm Enviornment in Atlanta of tampering with ballots.

Moss informed jurors that she was a bubbly, outgoing particular person earlier than the conspiracy theories started, however since then she’s been caught in a lonely cycle of crying and nightmares.

“I’m most petrified of my son discovering me and or my mother hanging in entrance of our home on a tree having to get information at college that his mother was killed,” the 39-year-old stated. At one level in January 2021, she stated, somebody got here to her grandmother’s door threatening to make a “citizen arrest.”

“Most days I pray that God doesn’t wake me up and I simply disappear,” Moss stated.

Moss and her mom are looking for tens of hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in damages from Giuliani within the defamation case on the similar time he is making ready to defend himself in opposition to criminal charges in a separate case in Georgia. Giuliani has pleaded not responsible within the prison case that accuses him and others of scheming to overturn Donald Trump’s 2020 election loss within the state. He has denied any wrongdoing.

The trial is enjoying out at Washington’s federal courthouse months earlier than Trump is scheduled to face trial there on prison costs accusing him of conspiring to subvert the will of voters to remain in energy. Giuliani is among Trump’s unnamed “co-conspirators” within the federal case however the former mayor has not been charged by particular counsel Jack Smith.

The choose overseeing the defamation case has already discovered Giuliani liable, and Giuliani has acknowledged in court docket that he made public comments falsely claiming Freeman and Moss dedicated fraud whereas counting ballots. The one subject remaining within the trial is the quantity of damages Giuliani should pay the ladies.

The ladies’s attorneys estimated that reputational damages may attain $47 million, and recommended emotional and punitive damages on prime of that might be “tens of hundreds of thousands.”

Giuliani’s lawyer has stated any award needs to be a lot much less, describing the damages the ladies are looking for because the “civil equal of the dying penalty.”

Protection lawyer Joseph Sibley has argued there’s no proof Giuliani himself inspired the harassment. Whereas questioning Moss underneath cross-examination, Sibley stated the right-wing web site Gateway Pundit was the primary to publish the surveillance video of the election employees slightly than the previous mayor. Sibley pressed Moss on the amount of cash they’re looking for, asking her, “Are you going to restore your popularity or use the cash to do one thing else?”

Moss, who beforehand testified before the U.S. House Committee that investigated the Capitol assault, described being introduced into her director’s workplace after Giuliani made the claims throughout a Georgia legislative listening to. Moss thought her director needed to acknowledge her for her election work or give her a promised promotion, she informed jurors. As a substitute the temper within the room was somber, and shortly she realized the true cause for the assembly.

“I’m proven these movies, these lies, every part that had been happening that I had no clue about,” Moss stated.

Moss stated she went dwelling that night time, scared and confused, and will solely watch because the offended messages poured in. She bought her lengthy blonde hair lower off and dyed the subsequent day, making an attempt to reclaim a few of her anonymity. She moved from the house she lived in to attempt to keep away from the harassment, however folks have discovered her new tackle, she informed jurors. About two months in the past, somebody one mailed an image of her face from the newspaper lower into shreds, she stated.

“I used to be afraid for my life. I actually felt like somebody going to return and try to hold me and there’s nothing that anybody will be capable to do about it,” Moss stated.

Giuliani watched intently throughout Moss’s testimony, continuously taking notes or conferring along with his lawyer. Giuliani is anticipated to testify.

Moss’ testimony got here hours after the choose scolded Giuliani for feedback made outdoors the federal courthouse Monday by which he insisted his claims in regards to the girls have been true.

“After I testify, the entire story might be definitively clear that what I stated was true, and that, no matter occurred to them — which is unlucky about different folks overreacting — every part I stated about them is true,” Giuliani informed reporters.

Giuliani added that Moss and Freeman have been “engaged in altering votes.” When a reporter pushed again, saying there was no proof of that, Giuliani replied: “You’re rattling proper there may be. … Keep tuned.”

U.S. District Choose Beryl Howell warned Giuliani’s lawyer that his shopper’s remarks amounted to “defamatory statements about them but once more.” The choose was incredulous, asking Giuliani’s lawyer in regards to the contradiction of his opening statements calling Freeman and Moss “good folks” however then the previous mayor repeating unfounded allegations of voter fraud.

“How are we imagined to reconcile that?” she requested the lawyer.

Sibley conceded her level and informed the choose he mentioned the feedback along with his shopper, however added, “I am unable to management every part he does.” He additionally argued that the mayor’s age and well being issues make lengthy days in court docket difficult.


Richer reported from Boston.

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