Rudy Giuliani’s wife claims that he works for President Donald Trump for free and gets other clients to cover his expenses in an effort to lower his income until their bitter divorce is settled.
Former New York Mayor Giuliani, 75, and his wife Judith, 64, appeared in Manhattan Supreme Court for a contentious divorce hearing on Thursday where they discussed their financial assets worth $30million.
Judith Giuliani’s attorney Bernard Clair argued that Rudy works for Trump for free in a deliberate attempt to decrease his income and lower his $42,000 monthly alimony payments – yet still lives a lavish lifestyle.
Rudy Giuliani, 75, and his estranged wife Judith, 64, faced off in a tense divorce hearing in Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday where they squabbled over their financial assets worth $30million
Judith accused Rudy of working for President Donald Trump for free in an effort to lower his income and lower his $42,000 monthly alimony payments
‘Not only is he working pro bono for the president, for this individual, but it’s costing him money. Not only does he work for free, all of his expenses, every time he goes down to Washington, D.C., every time he travels for the President, it comes out of his own pocket. And he wont say how much it’s costing him,’ Clair said in the hearing as per the New York Daily News.
‘What he says typically is if he’s going to work for the President, he bundles, for lack of a better word, clients who do have to reimburse him.
‘The Warsaw trip is for the President, but it’s also for someone else because he’s giving a speech,’ Clair added as an example.
Rudy and Judith Giuliani are set for a month-long divorce trial in January.
Together the Giuliani’s are worth $30million with much of their wealth lying in real estate including multiple homes n the Hamptons and Florida.
The couple also have a co-op apartment on 66th St – however the board of that building is seeking to end their lease due to $77,000 in unpaid fees, according to Giuliani’ attorney Faith Miller.
Judith moved out of the Madison Avenue apartment being late May to their Southampton mansion.
Rudy and Judith Giuliani are set for a month-long divorce trial in January. Judith pictured in court November 2018
Judith accused Rudy of stealing her heirloom Christmas decorations at their Madison Avenue Manhattan apartment (above)
Clair says that despite claiming to be in financial woes, Rudy spent $50,000 on a private-jet subscription service, which he then used once to fly his girlfriend GOP fundraiser Jennifer LeBlanc when he wasn’t even on board the plane.
Clair added that Rudy told him he paid for a trip to London with money from his podcast, though it hadn’t begun airing.
‘That could be an issue at trial about whether he is or he is not purposefully lowering his income for the purpose of getting through this action,’ Clair said.
In the hearing Rudy’s lawyer Miller argued that because of his current salary and pro-bono work he can’t meet the court’s order of $110,000 a month.
‘He doesn’t have it, and the burn rate to support Ms. Giuliani’s lifestyle and the court’s order is approximately $110,000 a month, net of taxes, before he buys himself a cup of coffee,’ Miller said.
‘He has made over $800,000, and every penny is going toward marital expenses,” Miller told the judge,’ adding he pays Judith $42,000 in support payments each month.
Judith’s lawyer Clair asked for an accounting of Rudy’s money since he claimed to be financially struggling to the point of borrowing $100,000 from Marc Mukasey, one of Trump’s other lawyers, and another $500,000 from another man.
Rudy said after the hearing that he borrowed the money from Mukasey to pay taxes and has already paid 90 percent of it back.
With his new boo: Judith’s lawyer says despite claiming to be financially stressed, Rudy still lives a lavish life, splashing out $50,000 on a private-jet subscription service and letting his girlfriend Jennifer LeBlanc (left) use it
Happier days: Rudy and Judith Giuliani on their wedding day in May 2003
In the hearing the two squabbled over personal items, Judith accusing Rudy of stealing her Christmas decorations and he complaining she took his cable box.
At the meeting Judith slammed her fist on the table when Rudy’s attorney Miller claimed that she had removed items such as china, silver and pictures off the wall of the home that weren’t hers, leading Justice Michael Katz to admonish her.
‘Ma’am, I’m not going to tolerate an outburst in my courtroom,’ Katz said.
‘The place was denuded and a mess,’ Miller claimed, leading Judith to say after the hearing ‘I was entitled to my family antiques and he knows that.’
A point of contention in the hearing was Christmas decorations stowed at the couple’s Manhattan apartment where Rudy lives.
Judith ‘has a huge walk-in closet of decorations’ that Rudy is holding hostage, a friend of the attorney said to Page Six. ‘Many of them were family heirlooms’ including irreplaceable blown-glass Christmas tree ornaments handed down from Judith’s grandmother.
On Rudy’s side, he allegedly said he won’t give back any of the holiday décor because she walked off with the box of remote controls, meaning he couldn’t turn on the TV. He also demands she return a pair of antique chairs that he likes.
Giuliani told reporters that he’s packed up the decorations and sent them to his lawyer to return to Judith.
‘I don’t know why she’s so upset. There’s a lot of time before Christmas, unless she wants to celebrate it on August 25th this year, in which case I will expedite the shipment,’ he said.