One would think it would be impossible to shame Rudy Giuliani at this juncture, and yet…
America’s erstwhile mayor and current personal attorney to the president appeared to have been bested by Borat, who seemed to catch him on film mid-Toobin maneuver. Giuliani now claims the footage is deceptive and an effort to dampen his own October surprise against Joe Biden.
The Guardian reports that in “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” out on Amazon this Friday, Giuliani is shown in a hotel bedroom with Maria Bakalova, the actress playing Borat’s daughter, Tutar.
After Tutar removes his microphone, Giuliani reclines on the bed and can be seen adjusting his untucked shirt and reaching into his pants. Before things can get more explicit, Borat rushes into the room and says “She’s 15. She’s too old for you.”
The details of this scene resolve months of speculation about the nature of Giuliani’s July brush with Borat actor Sacha Baron Cohen, which ended with the former mayor calling the cops on the comedian.
We should note here that The Guardian claims the interrupted encounter appeared consensual, with Bakalova, 24, flirting with Giuliani and seeming to initiate by inviting him up for a drink and undoing his mic. Still the tryst casts doubt on Giuliani’s claim from July that he beat an embarrassing outcome where so many other politicians had been duped.
“I thought about all the people he previously fooled and I felt good about myself because he didn’t get me,” Giuliani told Page Six after the incident.
Update October 21, 2020, 6:11 PM.
Late Wednesday, Giuliani tweeted to say that the Borat video was a “complete fabrication,” and that the video in fact shows he was tucking in his shirt after the mic was removed.
(1) The Borat video is a complete fabrication. I was tucking in my shirt after taking off the recording equipment.
At no time before, during, or after the interview was I ever inappropriate. If Sacha Baron Cohen implies otherwise he is a stone-cold liar.— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) October 21, 2020
“This is an effort to blunt my relentless exposure of the criminality and depravity of Joe Biden and his entire family,” Giuliani said, referencing his work to expose the contents of what he claims is Hunter Biden’s laptop. “We are preparing much bigger dumps off of the hard drive from hell, of which Joe Biden will be unable to defend or hide from. I have the receipts.”
PJ Grisar is the Forward’s culture reporter. He can be reached at Grisar@Forward.com.
Rudy Giuliani caught in bed with Borat’s daughter