Giuliani is accused of making “sexual demands.”
A former staffer is suing Rudy Giuliani for alleged sexual assault and harassment, wage theft and other wrongdoing, accusing the former mayor and Trump lawyer of making “sexual demands” and engaging in “alcohol-soaked altercations that included sexist, racist and anti-Semitic remarks “, many of which were allegedly recorded.
Noelle Dunphy said she began working for Giuliani in 2019 as his 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 meeting his sexual demands — which came almost anytime and anywhere — was an absolute requirement of her employment and of his legal representation,” the lawsuit states.
According to Dunphy, Giuliani promised her an annual salary of $1 million, but the offer came with a catch: Giuliani was in the middle of an acrimonious divorce, and he told Dunphy that her salary would be delayed and her employment kept “secret” until 10 p.m. divorce proceedings concluded. He claimed that his “crazy” ex-wife and her lawyers were monitoring his cash flow and that his ex-wife would “attack” and “hit back” against any female staffer Giuliani hired, the lawsuit said.
Part of the job required Dunphy to record her interactions with Giuliani “anytime, anywhere, as well as Giuliani’s interactions with others,” the lawsuit states.
“However, unbeknownst to Ms. Dunphy, Giuliani apparently decided during the interview that he would use the job offer and his representation as a pretext to develop a quid pro quo sexual relationship with Ms. Dunphy. He was later recorded telling Ms. Dunphy, ‘I’ve wanted you from the day I interviewed you,” the lawsuit said.
Giuliani has not responded to ABC News’ request for comment, but a spokesman for the former mayor told ABC New York station WABC “Giuliani vehemently and completely denies the allegations in the complaint and plans to vigorously defend himself against these allegations. This is pure harassment and an attempt at extortion.”
According to the lawsuit, a week after her hire, Giuliani had Dunphy flown to New York on a charter plane and insisted she stay in a guest suite in his Upper East Side apartment. The two were drinking, and at one point Giuliani then pulled his head up on his penis without asking or obtaining any kind of consent. He held her by the hair. It became clear to Mrs. Dunphy that there was no way out of giving him oral sex. She did it against her will,” the lawsuit said.
Giuliani often required Dunphy to work naked, in a bikini or in short shorts wearing an American flag he bought for her, the lawsuit states.
“When they were apart, they often worked remotely via video conference, and during those conferences Giuliani almost always asked her to take off her clothes on camera. He often called from his bed, where he was visibly touching himself under a white sheet ,” the lawsuit said.