Rudy Giuliani hit with bombshell rape lawsuit; ex-staffer says he demanded oral sex while he took calls from Trump
Rudy Giuliani has been hit with a bombshell lawsuit by a former staffer who alleges he raped and abused her.
Giuliani demanded that she give him oral sex as he took speakerphone calls from then-president Trump, she alleges.
Ex-staffer Noelle Dunphy also says Giuliani discussed selling presidential pardons for $2 million and splitting the money with Trump.
A bombshell lawsuit out of Manhattan accuses Rudy Giuliani of forcing a former employee to submit to sex acts as a condition of her employment — including making her give him oral sex while he took calls from then-President Donald Trump on speaker phone.
"He often demanded oral sex while he took phone calls on speaker phone from high-profile friends and clients, including then-President Trump," ex-staffer Noelle Dunphy claims in the 70-page lawsuit filed Monday.
"Giuliani told Ms. Dunphy that he enjoyed engaging in this conduct while on the telephone because it made him 'feel like Bill Clinton,'" according to the lawsuit, which seeks $10 million in unpaid wages and damages.
Dunphy says she was an emotionally vulnerable domestic violence victim when Giuliani hired her as director of business development for the Giuliani Companies in January, 2019, a job she held for two years.
She says Giuliani had sex with her when she was too drunk to consent shortly after he hired her, on an evening when he required she stay over in a private guest suite at his Upper East Side apartment.
Giuliani demanded she drink Scotch with him, then barged into her suite as she emerged from the shower, she alleges.
"He sat on the bed and pulled down his pants," the lawsuit alleges. The complaint then features a still image from the film "Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm" in which Giuliani can be seen lying on the bed with his hand down the front of his suit pants. The film, the lawsuit says, portrayed "Giuliani acting in a similar manner to how he acted with Ms. Dunphy."
He grabbed her and forced her to give him oral sex, she said, during which, "Giuliani also smacked Ms. Dunphy in the face and then told her that the smack was "cute."
"Her tasks that weekend included bringing him Scotch on demand and brainstorming ideas for interviews, shows, and Netflix series," the lawsuit alleges.
The lawsuit also alleges — buried on page 25 — that Giuliani asked Dunphy for help "selling pardons" for $2 million a pop. Giuliani told her that he and Trump "would split" the fee, the lawsuit alleges.
"He also asked Ms. Dunphy is she knew anyone in need of a pardon, telling her that he was selling pardons for $2 million, which he and President Trump would split," the lawsuit says.
Dunphy said she continued to work for Giuliani despite being "shocked and saddened by what had happened" because she feared losing the $1 million salary he had promised as well as free legal representation he had also agreed to give her.
Giuliani also "often demanded that she work naked, in a bikini, or in short shorts with an American flag on them that he bought for her," the lawsuit alleges.
"When they were apart, they would often work remotely via videoconference, and during those conferences Giuliani almost always asked her to remove her clothes on camera," the suit alleges.
"He often called from his bed, where he was visibly touching himself under a white sheet."
Giuliani frequently required her to perform oral sex on him as a condition of the job, including "while he took phone calls on speak phone from high-profile friends and clients, including then-President Trump," the lawsuit alleges.
She believes that some of those individuals were, like Trump, law clients of Giuliani, she alleges.
"I think of you as my daughter," Giuliani once told her while engaging in sexual contact with her, the lawsuit alleges. "Is that weird?" Giuliani allegedly added.
"She was continually subjected by Giuliani to a hostile work environment, misogynistic, racist, and antisemitic communications, constant sexual attacks, threats when she brought up the salary she was owed, and threats when she finally found the courage to confront him with her fears and the possibility of legal action," the lawsuit alleges.
Giuliani ultimately only ever paid her $12,000, claiming that he needed to defer her salary during his divorce from then-wife Judith Giuliani, the lawsuit says. "He claimed that his 'crazy' ex-wife and her lawyers were watching his cashflow, and that his ex-wife would 'attack' and 'retaliate' against any female employee that Giuliani hired," the lawsuit alleged of Judith Giuliani.
Dunphy accuses Giuliani of sexual assault, battery, gender discrimination and harassment, fostering a hostile work environment, retaliation, breach of contract, and violations of state labor laws.
"This complaint sets forth extremely detailed allegations of outrageous abuses of power by one of the most powerful and connected individuals in the country," Dunphy's lawyer Justin T. Kelton told Insider in a statement. "Ms. Dunphy's lawsuit is about seeking justice and showing, again, that nobody in this country is above the law. We are proud to support Ms. Dunphy in her brave pursuit of this matter."
Giuliani, through his spokesman Ted Goodman, "unequivocally" denied the allegations: "Mayor Giuliani's lifetime of public service speaks for itself and he will pursue all available remedies and counterclaims."
May 15, 2023, 7:23 p.m. ET: This story has been updated with a statement from Giuliani's spokesman.
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