Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York and Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, has been sued by his lawyer, who is now asking him back over 1.3 million dollars in fees never paid. According to what the Guardian, the lawsuit was filed in the New York state Supreme Court by Robert J. Costello, Giuliani’s longtime associate, with whom he served as a federal prosecutor in the Big Apple in the 1970s. “This action merely seeks payment of an outstanding invoice for legal services rendered by Plaintiffs in the amount of $1,360,196.10,” reads the document filed with the New York Supreme Court.
Closeness to Trump
After his career as a lawman, Giuliani served as mayor of New York between 1993 and 2001, becoming one of the best-known political faces in the United States. When Trump became president, Giuliani – now 79 – joined him as his personal lawyer. A task that created many legal problems for him. Giuliani was in fact Trump’s right-hand man in the long and incendiary battle to try to overturn the outcome of the 2020 presidential elections, won by Joe Biden. In recent weeks, the former mayor of New York was indicted along with Trump himself in the trial taking place in Atlanta.
The legal troubles
But the trial in Georgia is not the only one that Giuliani finds himself facing. Trump’s right-hand man also has to deal with a $10 million lawsuit from a former aide who accuses him of abuse of power, wage theft and sexual harassment. A conduct that led the Washington Bar Association to recommend Giuliani’s disbarment. Faced with all these legal troubles, the former mayor of New York asked to be represented by the law firm of his former partner Costello. Giuliani, we read in the lawsuit filed in recent days, “instructed the plaintiffs to supervise more than 10 civil cases.” Yet, of the over 1.5 million dollars requested by the law firm, Giuliani paid only 214 thousand.
Photo credits: EPA/Adam Gray | Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York, during the anniversary of the 2001 attack on the Twin Towers (11 September 2023)