New York Daily News: MANHATTAN – Rudy Giuliani closed the book on his third divorce Monday without ending up behind bars.
At a Manhattan Supreme Court hearing, Justice Michael Katz lifted a contempt order he’d issued against Giuliani on September 23 for skipping a court date. He had also threatened him with jail time if he didn’t settle his divorce debt.
Katz will issue a written order outlining the remaining money the former New York City mayor and Trump adviser owes his ex-wife Judith Nathan in their divorce. The judge calculated it was about $14,000 in country club dues and dinners. Giuliani, who represented himself in court, and Nathan continue to spar about the final tally.
Giuliani, 78, told the Daily News he considered the outcome a win — he was at one point on the hook for more than $250,000.
“The only people who would put me in jail for $14,000 are the Biden people,” Giuliani said in a phone call. “And they haven’t put me in jail.”
He went on to compare his financial dispute with Nathan to Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, saying that considering the $14,000 debt a loss for him would be like prematurely declaring Russians the victors in spite of their heavy casualties.
Nathan’s attorney Dror Bikel contended Giuliani is still in arrears and owes Nathan “a substantial amount of money” higher than $14,000.
The former mayor had “side deals” with various country clubs of which he and Nathan are members, with Giuliani customarily settling bills with a wink and a nod, Bikel alleged.
“He says he took care of the bill, and then she gets billed for it,” he told The News.
Nathan’s lawyer described the former mayor, who disparaged her in the courtroom on Monday, as “mean-spirited.”
“It’s a pyrrhic victory,” said Bikel. “Just pay what you owe.”
Bikel promised to file another contempt motion if Giuliani doesn’t pay her promptly.
The pair finalized their divorce in 2019, 16 years after Mayor Bloomberg officiated their marriage at Gracie Mansion.
Their volatile breakup was as dramatic as their getting together while Giuliani was still in City Hall married to his estranged second wife, television anchor Donna Hanover. He caught Hanover off guard when he publicly announced their separation in 2000.
In November, federal prosecutors said Giuliani would not face criminal charges in a years-long foreign lobbying investigation related to his Ukraine dealings.
With News Wire Services
Top Feature Photo: Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks to reporters after a court hearing, Monday, Dec 12, 2022, in New York – Michael Sisak/AP