Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani has been given an ultimatum: pay his ex-wife $235,000 or possibly spend some time in jail.
This ultimatum, according to the New York Post, was given by a New York judge on Friday after Giuliani failed to make an appearance in court.
This is all part of the divorce case that is taking place between the 78-year-old Giuliana and his former wife, Judith Giuliani, 67.
After 15-years of marriage, Judith filed for divorce in 2018. And, as is often the case in such situations, a dispute ensued over the former couple’s $30 million. A settlement was reached.
But, more recently, Judith has filed a lawsuit claiming that Giuliani has fallen behind on the payments that he is supposed to be paying her as part of the settlement. Reports indicate that Giuliani is supposed to be paying Judith $200,000 for a property they had owned and $5,000 a month to help her hire an assistant or housekeeper.
In her lawsuit, Judith contends that Giuliani has only paid her $45,000 so far and that he owes her some $262,000.
At a recent court hearing, Giuliani admitted that he owes Judith money, but he disputed that he owes her $262,000, calling it a “gross exaggeration.”
Giuliani was supposed to provide proof that he owes Judith less than the $262,000, and this dispute was supposed to continue in a hearing that was scheduled for Friday. But, Giuliani chose not to show up at the Manhattan Supreme Court.
Justice Michael Katz has ordered Giuliani to pay Judith $235,000 by October 7. And, if Giuliani fails to do so, he could end up in jail.
“If the amount is not paid by that date, I’m going to be forced — unfortunately, because it’s not something I want to do — I’m going to be forced to remand the defendant into custody,” Katz said on Friday.
“There is no dispute that the judgment has not been complied with because the defendant admitted last time that he owes money,” Katz added. “He clearly has failed to meet his obligations.”
It remains to be seen what Giuliani will do. He has yet to put out a statement on the matter.