Rudy Giuliani mocked Jews for observing Passover, according to a lawsuit filed last week by a former assistant who is accusing the former New York City mayor of sexual assault and harassment.
“Jews want to go through their freaking Passover all the time, man oh man,” Guiliani once said, according to the complaint, which was filed in New York Supreme Court and indicates that the comments were recorded. “Get over the Passover. It was like 3,000 years ago. The red sea parted, big deal. It’s not the first time that happened.”
The vast majority of the $10 million suit focuses on allegations by Nicole Dunphy, a former Giuliani associate, that he pressed her into sexual activity without her consent and harassed her continually almost as soon as she began working for him in January 2019.
Giuliani, who was New York City mayor from 1994 to 2001, was barred from practicing law in New York state in 2021 due to his repeated false claims about the 2020 election on behalf of former President Donald Trump. Through a spokesperson, he “vehemently” denied the allegations.
Here, Giuliani is clapping and smiling during a celebration of Jewish Heritage Week in May 1997, as opera singer Robert Merrill and actor Fyvush Finkel dance together in a photo taken by Laurence Agron.
Jewish Telegraphic Agency