Rudy Giuliani failed to show up for his Manhattan court hearing, where a judge ordered him to pay $235,000 in late divorce payments to his ex-wife or be jailed.
Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Michael Katz ruled Friday in the case between Giuliani, 78, and his ex-wife, Judith, 67, who claimed he was late in paying $262,000 owed to him. he owed under the terms of his heated 2019 divorce, reports the New York Post.
“If the amount is not paid by that date, I will be forced, unfortunately, because it is not something I want to do, I will be forced to keep the defendant in custody,” Katz said.
The judge noted that because Giuliani was not in court or contesting Judith’s claims, he ultimately granted the ex-wife’s request that the former New York City mayor disburse a predetermined payment of $225,000, plus another $10,000 in fees. legal.
“Clearly he has not fulfilled his obligations,” Katz said. Unfortunately, I am forced to hold you in contempt.
A Manhattan Supreme Court judge ordered Rudy Giuliani (right) to pay his ex-wife Judith (left) $235,000 for late divorce payments
The judge condemned Giuliani’s failure to appear in court on Friday, holding him in contempt and warning the former New York mayor that he would be jailed if he doesn’t pay his ex-wife.
It’s the latest legal issue facing Trump’s former lawyer, who is also being sued for $1.3 billion by Dominion Voting Systems for $1.3 billion over his well-founded claims that the 2020 presidential election was rigged. In the picture: Giuliani (left) with Donald Trump in 2016
Dror Bikel, Judith’s attorney, told the Post it was “outrageous” that Giuliani didn’t show up in court and that he was grateful Katz ordered the defendant to be jailed if he didn’t pay.
“For him to flout the court and not bother to show up and appear in court, God forbid someone would do that to him when he was a federal prosecutor,” Bikel said.
Representatives for Giuliani did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Giuliani had previously said his wife’s estimate that he owed her $260,000 was a “huge exaggeration,” saying he actually owed her $50,000.
“I owe him money, but I don’t owe him $260,000.”
Judith had filed the lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court last month, alleging that Giuliani had been “inconsistent and sporadic” with the payments he was required to make under the divorce settlement.
The couple separated in 2018 after 15 years of marriage, which was followed by a fierce court battle over his $30 million fortune.
Under their divorce agreement, Giuliani agreed to pay his ex-wife $5,000 a month to provide him with a housekeeper or assistant, as well as $200,000 for a $3.3 million property that they hadn’t sold.
Judith said that when Giuliani tried to pay $10,000 of the $45,000 owed last year in aid arrears, the check bounced.
Judith and Giuliani were married for 15 years before their heated divorce, and saw a court battle over their $30 million fortune.
Along with the lawsuits, Giuliani has also suspended his licensee in New York and Washington, DC, as he faces election-related ethics charges.
Despite her recent legal troubles, Judith is “confident” that Rudy can pay her application through multiple properties he owns in New York City and Palm Beach, Florida.
Along with his ex-wife’s lawsuit, Dominion Voting Systems is also suing Giuliani for $1.3 billion over his claims that the 2020 presidential election was rigged.
Giuliani had spearheaded former President Donald Trump’s legal efforts to overturn election results in several swing states, including Georgia, which was won by Joe Biden.
Trump’s former lawyer has also had his license suspended in New York and Washington, DC, as he faces election-related ethics charges.
His passionate promotion of the claim that the election was stolen culminated in Giuliani speaking at a news conference with hair dye dripping down the side of his face.
‘From America’s hero to now a man whose hair dye runs down his face, what happened?’ Inside Edition asked Judith last week.
“It breaks my heart,” she replied. ‘It’s sad.’
Rudy Giuliani, a former New York City mayor, married Judith Nathan, a nurse, in 2003.
Judith said it has been painful to watch her ex-husband fall from grace after being named “Mayor of the United States” for his leadership of New York City during the 9/11 terrorist attack.
“I can certainly tell you that the person you see now is not the man I married,” she said.
Judith said a turning point was her then-husband’s failed bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, losing to John McCain.
She said Donald Trump, a contemporary of Rudy Giuliani who had known the Brooklyn-born mayor for decades, agreed to help him through the election defeat.
We stayed at Mar-A-Lago. They gave us a place to go where Rudy could have sanctuary and recover,” she said.
She said she was delighted that Trump asked her to serve, in 2018, as his attorney.
“It becomes like this that I saw happen to him: that power becomes extremely addictive,” he said.
“Another thing Rudy also loves is being the center of attention.”