A former employee is suing Rudy Giuliani for alleged sexual assault and harassment, wage theft and other wrongdoing, accusing the former mayor and Trump attorney of making “sexual demands” and “leading alcohol-drenched tirades that included sexist, racist and anti-Semitic language.” . “Many of these were allegedly recorded.
Noelle Dunphy said she started at Giuliani in 2019 as director of business development. Giuliani “began abusing Ms. Dunphy almost immediately after she began working for him,” according to her lawsuit.
“He made it clear that the satisfaction of his sexual desires — which came virtually anytime, anywhere — was an absolute requirement of her employment and his legal representation,” the lawsuit reads.
According to Dunphy, Giuliani promised her an annual salary of $1 million, but the offer had a catch: Giuliani was in the middle of a bitter divorce, telling Dunphy that her salary would have to be deferred and her employment kept “secret” until the divorce proceedings completed. He alleged that his “crazy” ex-wife and her attorneys were watching his cash flow and that his ex-wife would “attack” and “retaliate” any employee Giuliani hired, the lawsuit states.
Part of the work required Dunphy to record her interactions with Giuliani “anytime, anywhere, and Giuliani’s interactions with others,” the lawsuit states.
“But unbeknownst to Ms. Dunphy, Giuliani apparently decided during the interview that he would use the job offer and his representation as an excuse to build sexual consideration with Ms. Dunphy. He was later recorded telling Ms. Dunphy, “‘I’ve wanted you since the day I interviewed you,'” the lawsuit reads.
Ted Goodman, Giuliani’s policy and communications adviser, told ABC News in a statement the former mayor “clearly denies” the allegations. “Mayor Giuliani’s lifetime of public service speaks for itself and he will pursue all available remedies and counterclaims,” Goodman said.
A spokesman for the former mayor said: ABC New York broadcaster WABC “Giuliani vehemently and completely denies the allegations in the lawsuit and plans to vigorously defend itself against these allegations. This is pure harassment and an attempt at blackmail.”
According to the lawsuit, Giuliani flew Dunphy to New York on a chartered plane a week into her employment and insisted that she stay in a guest suite at his Upper East Side apartment. The two drank and at one point “Giuliani then pulled her head onto his penis without asking for or obtaining any consent. He held her by her hair. Ms. Dunphy realized there was no way out of giving him oral sex. She did so against her will,” the lawsuit reads.
Giuliani often requested that Dunphy work naked, in a bikini, or in short shorts with an American flag on it that he bought for her, the lawsuit says.
“When they were separated, they often worked remotely via video conference, and during those conferences Giuliani almost always asked them to undress on camera. He often called from his bed, where he was visibly touching under a white sheet,” the lawsuit said.