Giuliani's jilted wife knocks his spending on cigars and jewelry during divorce hearing
NEW YORK—Pay the lady.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani stiffed his estranged wife, her lawyer claimed Wednesday in divorce court, to support his mistress, who is married to a former Marine.
Giuliani, 74, has been declaring his poor financial status to his jilted spouse, Judith Nathan, since the couple got divorced amid rumors he was in a relationship with Dr. Maria Rosa Ryan, whom he previously claimed was “just a friend.”
Nathan, who the former mayor was stepping out with during his second marriage, said she doesn’t care about his infidelities, she just wants to be fairly compensated.
“My client doesn’t care about romantic interests or otherwise,” lawyer Bernard Clair said at the couple’s first hearing since Nathan filed for divorce in April after 15 years of marriage.
“What she cares about is that these expenses for these people are continuing while she has not received any direct support since August of this year,” he added. “Not a dime.”
Clair said that during the past five months “while my client has suffered economically at the hands of her husband” he has given Ryan and her family more than $286,000.
The pair are battling over six residences — in the Hamptons, Palm Beach and Manhattan. They’re also squabbling over country club membership costs and which club ties they “wish to maintain.”
Clair noted that Giuliani has recently spent $12,000 on cigars and more than $7,000 on pens.
The couple’s $230,000-plus monthly budget stunned the judge.
“It seems both parties spend money on certain expenses that are beyond what most Americans spend for clothing, for instance. That was their lifestyle,” Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Michael Katz said.
Giuliani, who has denied the affair with Ryan, insists he is still supporting Nathan.
His attorney Faith Miller noted that Giuliani took on his latest job as President Donald Trump’s lead counsel in the Russia investigation for no fee and that his income has taken a huge hit.
She noted that at his age he “was given the opportunity to work for the President of the United States” after he “devoted the majority of his public life to public service.”
“Respectfully, at age 74 if he chooses to work without compensation for the President rather than say at a private law firm, I submit that he should be entitled to do so,” she argued.
“He’s still going to realize a salary of $5 to $6 million.”
“Mr. Giuliani has continued to pay in excess of $150,000 for (Nathan’s) living expenses,” Miller said. “He does not have the wherewithal to pay any more than he has been paying.”
Nathan’s side wants Giuliani to foot a $63,000-per-month bill while maintaining personal expenses including the cost of the homes, insurance policies, her mother’s assisted-living home and her personal assistant.
Miller said that Nathan has “in excess of $7 million” and that her husband “has continued to pay in excess of $150,000 per month for (her) living expenses.”
“He does not have the wherewithal to pay any more than he has been paying,” she added.
She is “much younger” at age 63 and could get a job, the lawyer also argued.
Katz urged the couple and their lawyers to work out their differences to avoid public proceedings.
“It’s beyond me why either party in this case would have an interest in having all of this done publicly,” he said.
He noted a lot of money could be “saved in legal fees by not going down this road” and it would “treat their relationship and marriage with more respect than throwing all their dirty laundry out for public consumption.”
Giuliani, who was the face of the city’s recovery on 9/11, still takes income from his businesses including Giuliani Security and Safety.
He left his last wife Donna Hanover for Nathan, whom he was dating while still married.