The once-powerful Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s former personal attorney, is now facing a torrent of allegations from a former associate, Noelle Dunphy. The accusations range from sexual assault and harassment to wage theft, adding to the mounting scandals surrounding the former mayor of New York City.
Dunphy, who joined Giuliani’s team in 2019 as the director of business development, recently filed a 70-page complaint with the New York Supreme Court. In the document, she paints a grim picture of her time working under Giuliani, including enduring “alcohol-drenched rants that included sexist, racist, and antisemitic remarks.” She adds that this toxic environment made work unbearable and notably, a significant amount of Giuliani’s offensive diatribes were caught on tape.
In the lawsuit, Dunphy makes the shocking claim that in February 2019, Giuliani pressured her into a sexual relationship, despite her consistent refusal. But the allegations don’t stop there. She also claims that Giuliani proposed a questionable scheme to her regarding presidential pardons.
According to Dunphy, Giuliani casually asked if she knew anyone in need of a pardon, because he and then-President Trump were purportedly “selling pardons for $2 million.” Giuliani allegedly told Dunphy that he and Trump would split the profits from these pardons, and urged her to refer potential clients to him. Interestingly, Giuliani emphasized that these transactions should bypass “the normal channels” of the Office of the Pardon Attorney to avoid disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.
Furthermore, the lawsuit alleges that Giuliani knowingly violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) by not registering his communications with Ukrainian government officials. When Dunphy confronted him on this issue, Giuliani reportedly responded with a blatant disregard for the law, claiming, “I have immunity.”
The allegations laid out in Dunphy’s lawsuit are gravely serious, suggesting rampant corruption and misconduct at the highest levels of power. The lawsuit demands $10 million in damages, but the true cost could be far greater for Giuliani – tarnishing his legacy and potentially leading to legal repercussions.
This case highlights the pressing need for transparency and accountability in our political system. As the younger generation, it is our responsibility to demand better from our leaders and to challenge the status quo when they fail us.