Hutchinson alleges in her upcoming memoir “Enough” that Giuliani groped her on Jan. 6, 2021, backstage at then-President Donald Trump’s speech in Washington, D.C., prior to that day’s riot at the U.S. Capitol.
The disgraced lawyer was forced to address the allegation Wednesday while appearing on Newsmax’s “The Balance.”
“She claims that I groped her in a tent on January 6, where all the people went in that were very, very cold as a result of the president’s speech,” Giuliani told host Eric Bolling. “I’m gonna grope somebody? With 100 people. First of all, I’m not gonna grope somebody at all.”
He continued: “And number two, in front of like 100 people?”
The former New York City mayor claimed it would have been impossible for him to grope Hutchinson because he’d brought 10 staffers to the speech “as kind of a reward” and had “extra security” that day. Giuliani added he’s “thinking of going after” Hutchinson and her book publisher.
Excerpts of “Enough” were published Wednesday by The Guardian.
“Rudy wraps one arm around my body, closing the space that was separating us,” Hutchinson wrote in her book, per The Guardian. “I feel his stack of documents press into the small of my back ... His hand slips under my blazer, then my skirt.”
“I feel his frozen fingers trail up my thigh,” she wrote. “He tilts his chin up. The whites of his eyes look jaundiced. My eyes dart to [Trump adviser] John Eastman, who flashes a leering grin. I fight against the tension in my muscles and recoil from Rudy’s grip.”
Giuliani called Hutchinson’s account “totally absurd” on Wednesday.
The former Trump lawyer was accused in May of sexual coercion by one of his former consultants, Noelle Dunphy, who recorded their explicit conversations. Giuliani, who was heard espousing his homophobic, antisemitic and racist opinions on tape, denied that allegation as well.
Giuliani was indicted alongside Trump and 17 others last month for charges related to their attempts to overturn the 2020 election. Giuliani is facing 13 charges, including violating Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
His surrender in August came one month after a D.C.-based disciplinary board recommended Giuliani for disbarment. He was most recently sued by his former attorneys for allegedly failing to pay $1.4 million in legal fees. Giuliani denied as much.
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