A New York judge on judge on Friday ordered former Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani to pay his ex-wife over $225,000 as part of a divorce settlement, or face jail time.
The disgraced former mayor skipped out on a court hearing in Manhattan Friday where Judge Michael Katz declared him in contempt of court and has two weeks to make the payment, including $10,000 in attorney fees. If Giuliani doesn’t pay by Oct. 7, he could be arrested, according to NBC News.
Giuliani’s third wife, Judith, had asked the judge to hold her former husband in contempt for falling behind on his payments under their 2019 divorce settlement.
Katz told Giuliani during his last court appearance that he was in default for not having filed papers in response to Judith’s allegations. The former mayor conceded the error but said, “I’m being sued in ten different cases. I’m getting ready for two massive hearings,” the news outlet reported.
Judith Giuliani’s lawyer Dror Bikel told the judge that she has no income and suggested that Giuliani write her a check.
“That certainly would show good faith,” Katz said. In response, Giuliani turned to other matters including his testimony to a Georgia grand jury last month regarding attempts by Trump and his supporters to overturn his 2020 election defeat.
Rudy and Judith Giuliani were married for 15 years. Giuliani was previously married for 20 years to Donna Hanover, the mother of his two children. Before that, he was married for 14 years to his second cousin, Regina Peruggi. That marriage was annulled, according to NBC New York.