NEW YORK — Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani overcame a contempt order and went to jail Monday in a money dispute involving his third wife, Judith Giuliani, as part of a divorce settlement reached three years ago. Saved.
In a brief court hearing, Giuliani said he is making progress in paying off the debt, though he and Judith are still far apart on how much they owe on things like country club memberships, condo fees and medical care.
Judge Michael Katz lifted the contempt order issued after Giuliani missed a court date in September. At the time, Judith Giuliani said the former mayor owed her more than $260,000. Katz gave Giuliani an ultimatum at a hearing a few weeks later, saying that the sheriff “is well advised to come at any moment” if he did not pay up.
Katz said that Giuliani, who is also known for his work as former President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, has since handed over copies of checks worth $150,000 to Judith and said he deposited $45,000 on September 9. paid to.
“It looks to me like you showed proof of payment,” Katz said Monday. “I am going to direct that you make those payments and that you meet any other obligations under the terms set out.”
Katz, angered by both sides, added: “I hope this is the last time I have to do an exercise like this.”
Giuliani, who represented himself, praised Katz as “very fair” and joked that the judge finally “sees the reason why I’m not marrying her.”
Outside the courthouse, Giuliani celebrated his freedom by grilling reporters with “godfather” trivia, talking about Hunter Biden’s laptop and turning on his radio show.
Judith Giuliani said in a telephone interview that she found Katz’s decision “quite surprising” and that the matter was not over.
Judith Giuliani said her ex-husband, who was hailed as America’s mayor for his leadership after 9/11, still owes hundreds of thousands of dollars and his attorneys will pursue him again if he does not pay up. Will take you to court. Giuliani denied this, saying he was owed about $14,000.
Judith Giuliani said, “The bottom line is that Rudy is what Rudy has always been.” “He learned to evade the system, as we see in all the other cases he’s tried.”
Judith Giuliani said she accepted the settlement in 2019, rather than receive $40,000 in monthly support payments ordered by a judge, in favor of Giuliani, who at the time was facing rising costs stemming from an investigation into his work in Ukraine. Was.
Since then, Giuliani has come under scrutiny for his efforts to reverse Trump’s 2020 election defeat, as well as his actions prior to the January 6 riots at the US Capitol. He pointed to even more financial problems in court on Monday, saying a check he wrote to Judith for $30,000 bounced.
Katz quickly became fed up with the arguing couple and yelled at Judith Giuliani as she tried to interrupt him and Rudy Giuliani for trying to talk about two different things and present evidence after a deadline. provoked to
“I don’t know why everyone thinks it’s a free-for-all game,” Katz said.
Noting that the case had turned him into an accountant, the judge said, “It appears that everyone’s record-keeping in this case is very poor.”
Rudy Giuliani, 78, insisted in court that he could immediately write a $5,000 check to cover various costs, but as he was leaving the courtroom said he needed to know that But what name to write.
“Judith,” someone from his ex-wife’s legal team replied. “Giuliani. Your name is.”