In a recent turn of events, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has been sued for alleged sexual harassment and racist remarks by Noelle Dunphy, a former associate. The lawsuit was filed in New York state court and contains several shocking allegations that cast a shadow over Giuliani's legacy of public service】.
According to Dunphy, she began working for Giuliani in 2019 as "Director of Business Development", with a promised salary of $1 million plus expenses. However, Dunphy alleges that Giuliani asked her to keep her hiring a secret and defer her salary, purportedly due to an acrimonious divorce he was undergoing at the time. Dunphy's lawsuit describes this promise of employment as a "sham," claiming that it was motivated by Giuliani's "secret desire to pursue a sexual relationship with Ms. Dunphy", showing disregard for the professional restraint that should have protected her as his employee and client.
The lawsuit against Giuliani does not shy away from the salacious, presenting allegations of "sexual demands" and "alcohol-drenched rants". Dunphy claims that Giuliani would request sexual favors from her while he was on the phone, a behavior that he said made him "feel like Bill Clinton". Beyond these demands, the lawsuit alleges that Giuliani frequently went on tirades that included sexist, racist, and antisemitic remarks, leading to an unbearable work environment. Notably, many of these comments were reportedly recorded.
Among the comments listed in the lawsuit, Giuliani was quoted as making racially charged remarks such as “black guys hit women more than anybody else does… and so do Hispanic guys – it is in their culture”. In another instance, he allegedly mocked Jewish people over Passover celebrations. Despite enduring this treatment, Dunphy continued to perform her work. However, she alleges that Giuliani never paid her for her work and left her traumatized by the abuse she suffered.
In response to these allegations, Giuliani's adviser, Ted Goodman, stated that the former New York City mayor "unequivocally denies the allegations raised by Ms. Dunphy". He added that Giuliani's "lifetime of public service speaks for itself and he will pursue all available remedies and counterclaims". Goodman also pointed out that a former partner of Dunphy accused her of taking advantage of other wealthy men.
Notably, this lawsuit isn't Giuliani's only ongoing legal issue. He is currently under investigation by Atlanta prosecutors over his role in former President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn his loss of Georgia during the 2020 presidential election. Giuliani maintains that he followed standard procedures in protesting the election.
This case will undoubtedly draw public scrutiny to Giuliani's personal and professional life as it unfolds. Given the severity of the allegations, the outcome could have significant implications for his legacy and reputation. It's crucial to remember that everyone is innocent until proven guilty in our legal system, and we must let due process take its course. This case is a stark reminder of the importance of fostering a safe, respectful workplace environment free from harassment and discrimination.