Rudy Giuliani has been quite vocal about his opinions on Donald Trump in recent months. The 78-year-old former New York City mayor didn’t hold back when it came to discussing Trump’s indictment, and he even controversially referred to the hush money payments to Stormy Daniels as a “business expense” just last month.
Now, Giuliani is once again in the spotlight for his remarks on Trump’s recent sexual abuse case, brought forward by former Elle columnist E. Jean Carroll. And, as expected, his comments are perplexing, to say the least—perhaps even more so than anticipated.
What makes Giuliani’s statements about Trump’s case even more intriguing is the fact that he is currently facing his own sexual assault allegations. He is being sued for $10 million by former aide Noelle Dunphy, who worked with him in 2019 and 2020.
The lawsuit, filed in a New York Court on May 15th, alleges sexual assault, harassment, and wage theft. According to the lawsuit, Giuliani allegedly demanded oral sex while on speakerphone with high-profile friends and clients, including Trump. Giuliani’s spokesperson and adviser, Ted Goodman, vehemently denies these allegations.
Before delving into Giuliani’s peculiar views on Trump’s lawsuit, let’s recap what happened to the former president in court a few days ago. On Tuesday, May 9th, a jury found Trump liable for sexually abusing and defaming E. Jean Carroll, awarding her nearly $5 million in total damages.
Carroll had sued Trump for sexually abusing her in a Bergdorf Goodman changing room in the 1990s and subsequently defaming her by calling the allegations a “hoax and a lie” while asserting that she wasn’t his “type.”
The jury awarded Carroll around $2 million for her civil battery claim and an additional $3 million for proving her defamation claim against Trump. Although the jury did not find that Trump raped her, they concluded that Carroll proved he committed sexual abuse, which led to the damages awarded for her battery claim.
On Tuesday, May 9th, Rudy Giuliani discussed the court verdict with Greg Kelly on Newsmax and mentioned that he sent one of his colleagues to Bergdorf Goodman to gather more information about Carroll’s allegations. What Giuliani expected his colleague to uncover about an incident from over 30 years ago simply by visiting the store remains unknown—and likely will always be.
Giuliani expressed his views on the verdict, calling it a “blip” and “completely absurd.” He recounted sending his colleague to Bergdorf and shared the response he received. Kelly expressed confusion, prompting Giuliani to clarify the statement.
Giuliani claimed they asked Bergdorf employees if rape had ever occurred there, and the answer was a resounding “No.” He also mentioned they examined the dressing room and asserted that committing rape in Bergdorf would be akin to doing it in the open. Giuliani argued that given Trump’s high profile, it was ludicrous to believe such an incident could have taken place.
So, according to Giuliani’s account, supported by an employee named Ted and an unidentified Bergdorf Goodman employee, Carroll’s alleged abuse in the dressing room couldn’t have happened. One can’t help but wonder if Giuliani will employ the same, um, reasoning in his own defense for the ongoing lawsuit against him.