Posts tagged with "Manhattan Supreme court"

Bombshell lawsuit accuses Rudy Giuliani of sexual harassment, wage theft, and more

May 17, 2023

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani—who, more recently, served as personal lawyer to former President Donald Trump—has been named in a bombshell sexual harassment suit, charging him with demanding sexual favors, and engaging in alcohol-fueled rages, and wage theft, reports CBS News.

The suit is being brought by a woman Giuliani hired to handle business development for his firm. It is filled with multiple allegations about his sexual demands.

“He was constantly pressuring her, making sexual comments, sexual remarks, to her, about her, about himself. When they were supposed to be working he would, as our client alleges, then grope her and try to initiate sexual contact,” attorney Justin Kelton said.

Kelton was talking about his client, Noelle Dunphy, and the complaint she filed in Manhattan Supreme Court charging Giuliani with sexual abuse, harassment, and wage theft. He reportedly refused to pay her the $1 million salary he promised.

It is a complaint filled with shocking details, including that Giuliani allegedly:

The suit says Giuliani “often demanded that Dunphy work naked, or in short-shorts with an American flag on them that he bought for her.”

The suit also claims Giuliani “demanded oral sex while he took phone calls,” including with then-President Donald Trump, and told her he enjoyed it “because it made him feel like Bill Clinton.”

“She alleges that on several occasions she objected, clearly, that he did not respect those objections,” Kelton said.

When Dunphy asked him if his firm had a human resources department where she could file a complaint, he reportedly laughed it off. Giuliani said that he did not have a human resources department, the suit charges, and bragged that no one would ever sue him because he was connected to then-President Trump, and he had private investigators who would punish anyone who complained, according to the lawsuit.

There was also the matter of his reportedly inappropriate comments when he had been drinking—comments recorded by Dunphy.

“Making all kinds of extremely vulgar, sexual remarks, racist remarks. Comments about the genitalia of Jewish men, for example. Comments about different ethnic groups. Comments about the bodies of prominent women like Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren, imagining them in sexual scenarios,” Kelton said.

In published reports, Giuliani’s attorney had said he “categorically denies all of the allegations of this frivolous complaint.” However, the attorney did not comment on whether his client and Dunphy were romantically entangled.

Ted Goodman, a political and communications advisor to Giuliani, claimed “she’s taken part in ‘prior schemes to defraud high net-worth men,” according to a 2016 New York Post story. He also claimed she, “bragged about extorting $5 million” from the son of a successful Wall Street investor, with a fake rape claim in 2011.

“Mayor Giuliani’s lifetime of public service speaks for itself and he will pursue all available remedies and counterclaims,” Goodman said.

The suit also claims Giuliani gave Dunphy access to more than 23,000 of his emails—some allegedly containing classified and privileged exchanges with then-President Trump, his family, secretaries of state, and former attorneys general.

Dunphy is seeking $10 million.

Research contact: @CBSNews

Ex-Trump Org CFO Allen Weisselberg sent to Rikers Island for tax fraud

January 12, 2023

Former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg will trade the high life for Rikers Island—New York City’s municipal jail—following his sentencing on Tuesday, January 10, for dodging taxes on US$1.7 million in company perks, in a case a Manhattan judge said was “driven purely by greed,” reports the New York Post.

Weisselberg, 75—who pleaded guilty to tax fraud charges in August and testified against the Trump Organization at its trial—is expected to serve just 100 days of the five-month prison term handed down in Manhattan Supreme Court.

The former executive, dressed casually in an olive green North Face fleece over a white T-shirt, blue jeans, and white sneakers, was hauled away in handcuffs immediately after learning his fate.

He is set to be housed in the notorious jail complex’s North Infirmary Command, which has been home to inmates like the rappers Tupac Shakur and Lil Wayne, as well as disgraced former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, The Post had learned.

The unit historically has been used to house high-profile or especially notorious inmates, as well as inmates with disabilities. Weisselberg could be released in three months with good behavior and would then serve five years of probation.

Attorneys for Weisselberg—who had on a surgical mask during the hearing and appeared to have gotten a haircut prior to being sent to the can—requested a more lenient sentence.

But Judge Juan Manuel Merchan rejected the request, saying that Weisselberg’s misdeeds were “driven purely by greed, pure and simple.”

“At a time when so many Americans work so hard in the hopes of they’ll one day benefit from Social Security, your client found a way to give his wife a US$6,000 payroll payment so that she could contribute to Social Security so that she could one day receive the benefits to which she was not entitled,” Merchan chided defense lawyer Nicholas Gravante.

Gravante had argued that Weisselberg’s advanced age and public shaming should be taken into account by his client’s request for leniency.

Each month makes a big difference when you’re 75 years old,” Gravante said. “He has already been punished tremendously by the disgrace he has brought not only on himself but on his wife, on his two sons and on his four grandchildren.”

Weisselberg became emotional when it was his turn to address the court, his voice cracking as he spoke. “I think the words expressed by Mr. Gravante expressed my thoughts and my feelings. It has been difficult,” Weisselberg said, as he tried in vain to sway Merchan into easing up on his punishment.

Research contact: @nypost