Rudy Giuliani admitted he owed his ex-wife money – but called her lawsuit and claimed he withheld $260,000 as “gross exaggeration” during a Manhattan court hearing on Thursday.
Judith Giuliani, 67, last month asked a judge to despise her 78-year-old ex-husband and throw him behind bars for allegedly falling behind on $262,000 owed under the terms of their 2019 divorce settlement.
“I owe her money, but I don’t owe her $260,000,” the former New York City mayor told the Manhattan Supreme Court Justice, where he appeared without an attorney and instead chose to represent himself.
“That’s a gross exaggeration,” he added, “I owe her $50,000.”
Former President Donald Trump’s one-time personal attorney also called the media coverage of Judith’s latest allegations “quite devastating… if we have a non-derogation clause.”
He argued that his ex should be the one to be despised for allegedly violating the terms of their settlement – not him.
Earlier, Supreme Court Justice Michael Katz told Rudy he was technically in default because he failed to file filings in response to Judith’s allegations.
The embattled Giuliani admitted the legal error, saying: “I’m being sued in ten separate cases. I am preparing for two major hearings.”
“It’s all my fault,” he said. “I don’t know how to emphasize the pressure to you…”
Judith’s lawyer, Dror Bikel, told the judge: “My client has no income at this time. if [Rudy] could you write her a check today…”
“That would certainly show good faith,” Katz chimed in, adding that the next court date would be September 23 — if the bickering exes, who divorced in 2019, don’t come to an agreement before then.
Bikel also said that Rudy would have to pay part of Judith’s legal fees for the cost of filing the new claims against him.
“I hope we can work this out,” Rudy said. “I have the checks. I paid her $150,000. I have these checks.”
“I’m willing to pay the $45,000 immediately,” he continued, although it wasn’t clear if he actually paid the money Thursday.
The former couple, who had been married for more than a decade, bickered in the courtroom hall after the hearing, arguing in sometimes inaudible intonations over the dollar amount owed – each saying they would show the other side their checks.
“You show me. If I owe anything, I will pay it,” Rudy could be heard saying.
At one point, his ex suggested he “take out a second equity loan for the apartment,” to which he shot back, “I can’t…”
Their muffled bickering culminated in Rudy exclaiming, “That’s bullshit! … You lied about it for nine years!”
“You tortured my children!” he added as Judith stormed off.
Judith then told reporters, “I’m not going to stand here and let him tell lies about me.”
Her lawyer told the press: “We will try to resolve it without further trial, but if we have to keep fighting then we will. She will get every penny that is owed to her.”
Judith filed for divorce in 2018 after 15 years of marriage. The couple fought bitterly in court for their fortune, which was estimated at $30 million.
Since then, Rudy has faced a series of legal issues, including being sued by the art appraisal company he used during the divorce, who claimed he owed them at least $15,000. That lawsuit was withdrawn with a company lawyer saying Giuliani never responded to the case.
Giuliani’s license to practice law has also been suspended in New York and Washington DC while he faces election-related ethical charges. He was also sued by Dominion Voting Systems for $1.3 billion over his claims that the company rigged the 2020 presidential election.
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