Former Aide Sues Rudy Giuliani for $10 million, Alleging Sexual Assault

May 16, 2023

A former aide to Rudy Giuliani filed suit against the former Trump attorney and ex-New York City Mayor Monday for sexual assault.

In a nearly 70-page complaint Noelle Dunphy said she is seeking $10 million, asserting that Giuliani began abusing her almost immediately after he hired her off the books in January 2019. 

She states that Giuliani told her that satisfying his sexual demands was an “absolute requirement” of her job. Further, she said he promised to pay her $1 million per year and represent her free of charge in legal matters concerning domestic abuse—but later he said he couldn’t pay her until he settled his “acrimonious” divorce from his third wife. 

She claims that altogether Giuliani only paid her about $12,000 and reimbursed some business expenses. She said she was fired in January 2021. 

The complaint also alleges that Giuliani was selling pardons through a backchannel and splitting the cash with then-President Trump and hiding other income from his ex-wife by having money go through a cutout.

Dunphy asserts that Giuliani claimed to have “immunity” and told her that “he was selling pardons for $2 million, which he and President Trump would split.” However, the lawsuit does not list any pardons that were sold.

Dunphy’s attorney, Justin Kelton, has also conceded that there is no recording of her discussions with Giuliani regarding pardons.

“We do expect that it will be corroborated in other ways,” he told MSNBC.

Giuliani denied the allegations through a spokesperson.

“Mayor Rudy Giuliani unequivocally denies the allegations raised by Ms. Dunphy,” Ted Goodman said in a written statement. “Mayor Giuliani’s lifetime of public service speaks for itself and he will pursue all available remedies and counterclaims.”

A spokesperson for Trump’s 2024 reelection campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit.

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