Lawyer Sues Giuliani For Failing To Pay $1.36 Million In Legal Fees
Rudy Giuliani’s former lawyer sued him on Monday, alleging that the ex-New York City mayor has paid only a fraction of nearly $1.6 million in legal fees he has accumulated from investigations into his efforts to keep Donald Trump in the White House, as reported by Michael R. Sisak for the Associated Press (AP).
Robert Costello and his law firm, Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP, claim that Giuliani has paid them just $214,000 and still has a $1.36 million bill outstanding. I Photo: Rudy W. Giuliani
Robert Costello and his law firm, Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP, claim that Giuliani has paid them just $214,000 and still has a $1.36 million bill outstanding.
According to the lawsuit, Giuliani's last payment was $10,000 on September 14 — approximately a week after Trump hosted a $100,000-a-plate fundraiser for Giuliani at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club.
Last year, a judge threatened Giuliani with jail in a dispute over money owed to Judith, his third ex-wife. Giuliani claimed he was making progress in paying the debt, which she said amounted to more than $260,000.
In May, a woman who said she worked for Giuliani sued him, alleging that he owed her nearly $2 million in unpaid wages and had coerced her into sex. Giuliani denied the allegations.
Costello and the firm contend that Giuliani, once celebrated as "America's mayor" for his leadership after the September 11, 2001, attacks, breached his retainer agreement by failing to pay invoices in full and in a timely manner.
The lawsuit, filed in state court in Manhattan, seeks full payment of Giuliani's unpaid bills, as well as costs and fees associated with their efforts to get him to settle the debt.
Giuliani could potentially face a substantial financial penalty after a judge held him liable last month in a defamation lawsuit brought by two Georgia election workers who claimed he falsely accused them of fraud.
The judge has already ordered Giuliani and his businesses to pay more than $130,000 in legal fees to the women.