A moody Rudy Giuliani grumbled, hollered and cussed his way through a contentious Manhattan divorce court hearing Wednesday — and the judge blasted both the ex-Mayor and his soon-to-be-third-ex-wife for turning the split into a “circus.”
“Goddamnit!” Giuliani snapped at one point when accused by a lawyer for Judith Nathan of failing to pay a $21,000 in nursing home bill arrears for her mother, as promised.
“That’s total bulls–t! That’s total bulls–t!” he hissed at another point, when the opposing lawyer, Bernard Clair, later suggested that Giuliani’s reported mistress, Maria Ryan, could be the one to grant appraisers access to multiple Florida properties they’re fighting over.
“Cheap shot!” he added, his arms crossed.
“He’s calling me unethical for bringing up Maria Ryan!” Clair snarked.
“Mr. Giuliani!” the judge, Supreme Court Justice Michael Katz, chided. “Don’t interrupt the proceeding. You have lawyers representing you,” the judge said of the total four divorce lawyers in the small, lower Manhattan courtroom.
The two sides are also squabbling over a Hamptons house, the cost of renovations to their property in Manhattan, and whether “Mrs. Giuliani” should be able to approach “Mr. Giuliani” at a West Palm Beach country club where they both remain members.
“Apparently, it’s not particularly healthy for them to be associating with each other,” the judge noted.
Earlier, the judge scolded, “At this juncture in a case — it’s been almost a year since filings — the process calms down. Yet it’s still a circus.”
They’re all back due in court May 30 to continue the battle.
Asked outside court what was holding up the divorce, Giuliani said, “Her.”
He added, “I have no desire to remain married to her for one more day.”