Rudy Giuliani called off a court hearing in Manhattan on Friday where a judge said the former mayor of New York City would be thrown behind bars if he doesn’t pay his ex-wife over $225,000 plus legal fees by early next month.
The ultimatum came at a divorce hearing between 78-year-old Giuliani and former wife Judith Giuliani – who alleged in a lawsuit that he had defaulted on payments totaling $262,000 made under the terms of their divorce settlement from were owed in 2019.
“If the amount is not paid by that date, I will be forced — unfortunately, because I don’t want to do that — I will be forced to remand the defendant,” Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael Katz said at the hearing, where Giuliani failed to appear.
“It is undisputed that the verdict was not complied with because the defendant admitted last time that he owed money,” Katz said. “He has clearly failed in his obligations.”
The judge said that since Giuliani did not appear in court or file evidence against Judith’s claim, he would grant her request for a default judgment against Giuliani of $225,442 plus an additional $10,000 for attorneys’ fees.
Giuliani admitted at the latest hearing earlier this month that he owed money to Judith, 67, but said the amount she alleges was a “gross exaggeration” and that he plans to provide evidence that he was responsible for much less on the hook. Friday’s hearing was supposed to be an oral hearing on the remaining amount after he paid her $45,000.
“The defendant has chosen not to present evidence to this court,” Katz said. “Unfortunately, I am forced to find him in contempt.”
“Ms. Giuliani was a loving, devoted and supportive wife of Mr. Giuliani for 20 years,” Judith’s attorney, Dror Bikel, told the Post afterwards. “They partially resolved the divorce proceedings to avoid further embarrassment.”
Bikel said it was “outrageous” for Giuliani to “fail to fulfill his legal obligations,” especially considering he’s a former federal prosecutor.
“For him turning his nose up in court and not bothering to show up and appear in court – God forbid anyone would do that to him when he was a US Attorney.”
Bikel said they were grateful to the judge for issuing a contempt order that would land Giuliani in jail if he didn’t pay.
Giuliani did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Judith filed for divorce in 2018 after 15 years of marriage. The couple had a contentious court battle over their estimated $30 million fortune.
Since then, Giuliani has faced a series of legal issues, including being sued by the art appraisal company he used during the divorce, who claimed he owed her at least $15,000. That lawsuit was dropped, with a company attorney 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 ethics allegations. He was also sued by Dominion Voting Systems for $1.3 billion over his claims that the company rigged the 2020 presidential election.
https://nypost.com/2022/09/23/judge-says-giuliani-faces-jail-if-he-doesnt-pay-ex-235k/ Judge says Giuliani faces jail if he doesn’t pay $235,000