Ruby Freeman and Wandrea Moss settle Chanel Rion, OAN lawsuit

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One America News Network’s Chanel Rion (L) poses for photos after an interview outside the West Wing of the White House July 1, 2020 with President Donald Trump’s attorney and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

A federal judge on Wednesday agreed to the dismissal a Lawsuit filed by two Georgian election officials against the company that owns the One America News (OAN) Network, several network executives and correspondents Chanel Rion. However, the judge agreed to keep the case alive a suspect: Rudy Giuliani.

That Cancellation with reservation wasn’t a surprise as it was requested directly from the plaintiffs and agreed by defendants pursuant to a settlement agreement that has been in the works for weeks. A Status report from 21 said the parties “held a successful one-day mediation on April 19, 2022” and on that date “agreed and signed a binding set of settlement terms.”

The complete paperwork was prepared and signed shortly afterwards in a predictable manner.

“Plaintiffs and OAN Defendants have entered into a settlement agreement (“Settlement Agreement”) to resolve Plaintiffs’ claims against OAN Defendants,” read a Late registration from Tuesday, May 10th. “Pursuant to the settlement agreement, the plaintiffs wish to release the OAN-defendants unconditionally from the above litigation, with each of the plaintiffs and the OAN-defendants bearing their own costs and expenses, including attorneys’ fees.”

That Submission on May 10th clarifies that Giuliani “is not a party to the Settlement Agreement and Plaintiffs intend to pursue their claims against Defendant Giuliani.”

The released defendants are Rion, Herring Networks, Inc., the founder of the conservative network Robert Herringand its president Karl Herring.

plaintiff Ruby Freeman and Wandrea “Shaye” Mossboth from Georgia, supposedly last December that the defendants all bore “responsibility” for a series of “character assassination games” that resulted from the 2020 presidential election. Freeman was a “temporary poll clerk,” while Moss “supervised mail-in voting in Fulton County during the 2020 general election.” original lawsuit paperwork specified.

“The defendants made a concerted effort to specifically charge Ms. Freeman and Ms. Moss with voter fraud in order to alter the outcome of the 2020 Georgia presidential election,” he said lawsuit argued when it was filed. “The defendants worked together to release false statements accusing Ms Freeman and Ms Moss of committing voter fraud.”

More precisely, the lawsuit argued as follows:

On December 3, 2020, the Trump campaign released edited video from a grainy surveillance camera showing unidentified people (including people later identified as Ms. Freeman and Ms. Moss) counting ballots. The Trump campaign and Giuliani used this video to fabricate the lies that Ms Freeman and Ms Moss illegally counted ballots. Giuliani amplified the video by posting it on social media and instructing his followers to watch it multiple times over the next two days. OAN, its hosts and staff took advantage of Giuliani’s unsubstantiated factual claims and published them almost immediately to millions of its viewers and readers, then added the names of Ms. Freeman and Ms. Moss and made additional allegations of criminal fraud against them.

Then the lawsuit called that these and other allegations of electoral abuse have been “finally debunked.” multiple times again:

Within 24 hours of the original publication of these lies by Giuliani and the Trump campaign on December 3, 2020, Georgia election officials publicly and definitively debunked the claims about Ms. Freeman and Ms. Moss through a detailed explanation of what the misinterpreted video did not show : no suitcases; no illegal ballot counting; no voter fraud. A full handwritten recount of Georgia’s election results had already confirmed the election results, and on December 7, so should the recount requested by the Trump campaign. In December and January, Republican election officials in Georgia repeatedly told the public that thorough checks had disproved the false claims made by the defendants and proved that no illegal counting of votes took place.

That lawsuit alleges defamation per se (because it arguedthe defendants accused the plaintiffs of criminal conduct), willful emotional distress, civil conspiracy and abetting.

This week’s formal dismissal came shortly after OAN aired what one presenter described as an “updated report from Georgia officials.” Literally it said:

Georgia officials have concluded that there was no widespread voter fraud by poll workers who counted ballots at the State Farm Arena in November 2020. The results of this investigation show that Ruby Freeman and Wandrea “Shaye” Moss were not involved in voter fraud or criminal misconduct while he was working at the State Farm Arena on election night. A legal matter involving this network and the two poll workers was resolved through a fair and reasonable settlement to the mutual satisfaction of the parties.

OAN tweeted a video of the report:

in one Statement to Reuters, Michael Gottlieban attorney for the plaintiffs also reiterated that the settlement was “fair and reasonable.”

A amended complaint The naming of Giuliani as the sole defendant was filed in federal court on May 10. Echoing the language of the original lawsuit, the lawsuit alleges that:

Defendant Rudy Giuliani bears significant and outsized responsibility for the partisan campaign of character assassination against Ms. Freeman and Ms. Moss. He orchestrated an ongoing smear campaign, repeatedly accusing Ms. Freeman and Ms. Moss by name on television, the internet and social media of committing voter fraud to alter the outcome of the 2020 Georgia presidential election.

A conference report filed April 25 proposes the following timeline for the Giuliani case: Motions to dismiss are proposed to be due June 6, motions for summary judgment to be due March 10, 2023, and a hearing date of June 5, 2023 taken into consideration.

Read the termination documents and amended lawsuit against Giuliani below:

[Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.]

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