Giulianis Settle Ugly Divorce Case, Avoiding a Public Trial

The acrimonious divorce case of Rudolph W. Giuliani and his estranged wife, Judith, a battle that had played out in court and across tabloid headlines for more than a year and a half, came to an abrupt — and harmonious — end on Tuesday evening, according to her lawyer.

The couple have resolved all their differences and financial squabbles, according to an emailed statement from Bernard E. Clair, Mrs. Giuliani’s lawyer, and they “intend to remain friends in the years to come.”

The Giulianis, who had been married since 2003, were to begin their divorce trial in Manhattan early next year. The details of the settlement will remain confidential, Mr. Clair added.

One of the key stumbling blocks in the public and heated divorce battle was Mrs. Giuliani’s belief that her husband, the former New York City mayor who made millions of dollars a year after leaving office, owed her far more than the $42,000 monthly in support he was providing her during their separation.

Mrs. Giuliani asserted that Mr. Giuliani had deliberately taken on pro bono work as President Trump’s personal lawyer to claim penury in an effort to reduce future alimony payments.

The often caustic proceedings divulged their lavish lifestyle, including a $230,000 monthly spending habit, and their six houses and 11 country club memberships. Other extravagances included Mr. Giuliani spending $7,131 on fountain pens and $12,012 on cigars.

There were the occasional courtroom outbursts; at one hearing, Mrs. Giuliani slapped her hand on a table in protest, insisting that she did not strip bare one of their homes after the divorce papers had been served.

At another hearing, Mr. Giuliani cursed aloud when Mr. Clair mentioned the name of a woman, Maria Rose Ryan, the chief executive of a small New Hampshire hospital, with whom he has traveled abroad and subsequently took as his date to a dinner at the White House for the Australian prime minister.

“Cheap shot,” Mr. Giuliani exclaimed. (In court, Mrs. Giuliani had claimed that her husband spent $286,532 since their divorce commenced on Ms. Ryan. Mr. Giuliani denied having an affair.)

“It’s hard to be a client,” Mr. Giuliani told The New York Times in an interview earlier this year. “It is much easier to be a lawyer.”

That seems now a more prosaic time.

Since his divorce began last spring, Mr. Giuliani was revealed to have been the president’s point man in a rogue foreign policy effort designed to dig up incriminating information on Hunter Biden, the younger son of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who was hired onto the board of a Ukrainian gas company.

Impeachment hearings also pointed to Mr. Giuliani’s efforts to remove the United States ambassador to Ukraine, Marie L. Yovanovitch, and his bid to force Ukraine’s new government to announce criminal investigations into the Biden family. Those efforts have helped usher the president to the brink of impeachment.

And two of Mr. Giuliani’s emissaries in his Ukraine efforts, Soviet-born American businessmen named Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were arrested on charges of making illegal campaign contributions.

Now Mr. Giuliani himself is under criminal investigation by federal prosecutors in the same office where four decades ago he was himself a star prosecutor.

Jeffrey R. Cohen, a divorce lawyer who has represented celebrities like Lou Reed and the singer Marc Anthony in his divorce from Jennifer Lopez, said that the settlement was “great for her, and I think it is smart for him, he has enough problems.”

“If I were Judith, I certainly would take the money and run,” Mr. Cohen added. “He’s got plenty of it, but who knows what his future looks like.”

Even the judge handling the divorce case had wondered aloud why the Giulianis had not settled.

“It is beyond me why either party in this case would have an interest in having all of this done publicly,” Justice Michael Katz told the parties when they appeared last year in State Supreme Court in Manhattan.

He suggested that the couple settle privately, as doing so “would treat their relationship and marriage with more respect than divulging all our dirty laundry out for public consumption.”

They seem to have listened, at last.

“The parties resolved their divorce today, along with all issues concerning support, assets and any other claims,” Mr. Clair wrote. “They wish each other the best of luck in the future.”

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