Daily Revolt

December 07, 2007

Giuliani Mistress Police Protection Scandal Gets Worse

Now we are learning that Giuliani's then mistress, Judith Nathan, was receiving police protection/chauffeuring long before what was admitted to in the first place:
Judith Nathan got taxpayer-funded chauffeur services from the NYPD earlier than previously disclosed - even before her affair with then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani was revealed, witnesses and sources tell the Daily News.

"It went on for months before the affair was public," said Lee Degenstein, 52, a retired Smith Barney vice president who formerly lived at 200 E. 94th St., Nathan's old building.

"It was going on longer than anybody thought," added Degenstein, who, along with others in the neighborhood, said they often saw Nathan hopping into unmarked NYPD cars in early 2000, before the affair was revealed that May.

When pressed by The News Thursday, aides to the Republican presidential hopeful conceded that Nathan got police protection "sporadically" before December 2000 - the previously acknowledged beginning of her taxpayer-funded detail.

[...]"She was always coming back with shopping bags from the different well-known stores in New York," said Jacqueline Elman, a building resident for 12 years who walked her dog regularly and often spotted Nathan, who became the third Mrs. Giuliani in 2003.

Degenstein said he doesn't remember the exact date that cops started showing up for Nathan, but he's certain the rides started before May 10, 2000. That's the day Giuliani dramatically informed his wife, Donna Hanover, via a news conference, that he wanted a separation.

"It was prior to this whole thing with Donna Hanover," Degenstein recalled.

[...]The law enforcement source said that Nathan eventually had as many as seven detectives assigned to her, and that like any protected person, they took her wherever she wanted to go.

"Whether it was to take her shopping or business - you can't say 'We are not going there,'" the source said. "[If you did] you'd be walking a foot post in the seven-five [Brooklyn's 75th Precinct] somewhere."

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