May 21, 2024
Rudy Giuliani has been ordered to pony up $235,000 to his ex-wife or face the possibility of jail time.

Rudy Giuliani has been ordered to pony up $235,000 to his ex-wife or face the possibility of jail time.

The former New York City mayor skipped a court hearing Friday and was held in contempt of court by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael Katz, the New York Post reported. If he doesn’t cough up $235,000 by Oct. 7, he could face time behind bars.

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“If the amount is not paid by that date, I’m going to be forced — unfortunately, because it’s not something I want to do — I’m going to be forced to remand the defendant into custody,” Katz warned, per the report.

Giuliani’s former wife Judith filed a lawsuit contending that he fell behind on payments for their divorce settlement. After Rudy Giuliani failed to show up to the hearing to rebuff his former wife’s claims, the judge issued a judgment ordering him to pay $225,000 in addition to $10,000 worth of attorney fees, according to the report.

Under the divorce settlement, Giuliani pledged to pay her $5,000 a month to help her hire an assistant or housekeeper, the Daily Mail reported. He also agreed to pay her $200,000 for a property they owned together. In her suit, Judith Giuliani purportedly said he owed $262,000. So far, he has reportedly paid $45,000.

“I do owe her money, but I don’t owe her $260,000,” Rudy Giuliani reportedly said.

She filed the suit against him last month. The pair split in 2018, ending 15 years of marriage. They engaged in a court squabble over the $30 million they amassed and reached a settlement in 2019.

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This is not the first time Giuliani has missed a court hearing in a proceeding against him. He previously missed a court hearing in his bid to fight a subpoena from investigators in Fulton County, Georgia, over the summer. His lawyers cited a medical procedure that limited his travel as the reason for him missing the hearing. The former mayor underwent a heart stent procedure in July, according to the New York Post.

He was ultimately ordered to testify and apparently gave six hours of deposition before investigators last month. Prosecutors in Fulton County expressed interest in claims he made before a state Senate panel claiming a video proved election fraud took place in Georgia’s State Farm Arena. Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger disputed that claim.

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