Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is furiously denying accusations he was drunk during a speech at Cipriani the evening of September 11th where he imitated the Queen – saying he only had one Scotch and that he is the victim of a left-wing effort to disparage him.
‘Yes I had a Scotch. But I was not drunk. There is a deliberate attempt [by] the left wing to paint me that way,’ he told DailyMail.com in an interview Sunday evening.
He also denied mocking the Queen when he made comments, captured on video, where he adopted a faux English accent and said: ‘You did a wonderful job on Sept. 11. And therefore I’m making you an honorary knight, commander of the royal something or other.’
‘That was a serious speech. To say I mocked anybody is outrageous. And that I was drunk is completely, completely wrong,’ said Giuliani.
In addition to explaining his comments – made at an evening event on the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11th attacks that established his brand as ‘America’s mayor’ long before he sought to dig up dirt on Joe Biden in Ukraine – Giuliani said unsubstantiated accusations of public inebriation were harmful to his reputation, and were being undertaken because of his efforts on behalf of Donald Trump.
‘I am without a doubt the most accomplished prosecutor of the 20th Century,’ he said, pointing to his earlier career in the Southern District of New York, where he served as a US attorney, and where he is now under investigation.
Giuliani said the idea that he was mocking the Queen is ‘an interpretation that’s totally unfair. I use an English accent.’
He said that when receiving an honorary knighthood he told the Queen he rested on the shoulders of giants, and she responded to him that: “That’s why you’re such a great leader.” It was a beautiful interchange.’
‘And I have never mocked it. I just like to use an English – I imitate Churchill sometimes.’
The former New York City mayor and Donald Trump lawyer also addressed his comments Saturday night about Prince Andrew, which he brought up unprompted during his speech.
‘Never had a drink with him, never was with a woman or young girl with him. Ever, ever, ever,’ Giuliani said during his speech.
He said he did not know when he made the comment that it had been reported that the royal had been served with legal papers.
‘Yes I had a Scotch. But I was not drunk. There is a deliberate attempt [by] the left wing to paint me that way,’ former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani told DailyMail.com in an interview Sunday evening
‘I didn’t know that. I didn’t know that he was served,’ he said.
‘But the thing about Andrew they laughed about,’ he continued.
‘When I got to the subject of Andrew – he’s the one that came and told me I was going to be knighted,’ Giuliani explained.
In his Sunday night phone call, he recounted the story of a comment he made to Andrew before touring Ground Zero. ‘What I said to him when we went outside was, “Don’t want you to be shocked when we walk over to Ground Zero because you’re going to pass a man that you killed. He said what? I said you’re going to pass Nathan Hale,’ Giuliani said of the colonial era Patriot.
Asked why he brought up Andrew, Giuliani said ‘I always tell the story about Prince Andrew, about how I was knighted. I’ve told it for 20 years. Whatever he did with that pervert, the mere fact is a historical fact that he’s the one who brought me the knighthood.’ He said he told the story because he wanted to show that ‘my two guys were knighted,’ in reference to former New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik and another official.
Pressed on whether he was drinking during the speech, Giuliani responded that he had a single glass of Scotch.
‘I am not a drunk. I don’t think I’ve ever [been] publicly drunk in my life. The last time I was – was probably in college. I like to drink Scotch and have cigars. That’s where it probably comes from. I drink moderate amounts of Scotch. I mostly drink Scotch because I like to have it with cigars. I didn’t have a cigar last night. And this is a caricature that the left is trying to put on me … I can’t remember the last time that I was drunk. And I’m not just going to put up with it anymore. I’ve got to do something about it.’
Rudy Giuliani mimicked Queen Elizabeth’s English accent, denied hanging out with Prince Andrew, and called America’s top military officer an ‘idiot’ and ‘a*****e’ during a 9/11 commemoration dinner in Manhattan on Saturday
In February 2002, just months after the September 11 attacks, Giuliani was awarded an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II. During Saturday’s dinner, Giuliani tried to mimic the monarch
Asked if he had a drink at the event, Giuliani responded: ‘Yes, of course, I had a Scotch at the beginning of dinner. Beyond that, I didn’t have – it was watered down. Not even sure I drank the whole damn thing.’
‘I did a one-hour interview with Steve Bannon. You can watch it on television. See if I’m drunk,’ he said.’ He said he sat for the interview five minutes before he gave the speech.
‘It hurts my reputation for someone to say I’m drunk,’ he continued. ‘And this is a concerted attempt to do this … I’m willing to be criticized for what’s true. I’m sure as hell not going to be characterized as a drunk, which I’m not.’
Giuliani bristled when asked to explain a comment he made last month to NBC, where he also denied having a drinking problem and called himself ‘functioning,’ amid anonymous comments by former White House aides about his alleged drinking.
‘I’m not an alcoholic,’ Giuliani told the network. ‘I’m a functioning, I probably function more effectively than 90 percent of the population.’
He recoiled when DailyMail.com asked if he had been making a connection to the term ‘functioning alcoholic.’
‘I’m not an alcoholic. I use the word functioning, I don’t know why I used the word functioning. I am not an alcoholic. I am 77 years old. I’ve never been an alcoholic. I’ve never been treated for alcoholism. I have worked every day of my life. The longest time I ever took off was for COVID.
‘If I was an alcoholic, I’d be fricking dead by now. It is [a] complete lie. I’m on television all the time. I’m as lucid as you can be. I’m not demented like Joe Biden. I can go before the Supreme Court … I have already many times. I write. I do a podcast twice a week. I do a radio show … five times a week. I answer questions from people constantly. I’m probably one of the sharpest guys you’re ever going to meet. And you want to put me in a court room and I’ll kick the s*** out of anybody. I am not an alcoholic.’
He said the word ‘functioning’ has ’10 other meanings. I’m not even sure of what the significance of using that word is. Am I a functioning alcoholic? No. I’m a fully functioning human being. About as fully functional as you can find. I think I usually work about 16 hours a day. And it’s outrageous that people are doing this to me. But it’s because I’m defending Donald Trump. That’s the reason they’re doing it. Nobody ever did this to me two years ago. I was the G-man of the year two years ago. I am without a doubt the most accomplished prosecutor of the 20th Century. Without doubt. There’s no question about it,’ he said.
Giuliani was the keynote speaker at the ‘G-Man Honors: A Salute To The FBI Heroes’ in November 2014. He also spoke at the event in 2015.
‘I prosecuted more people successfully, the heads of the mafia, Teamsters Union, took them apart, Ivan Boesky, [Michael] Milken, Wall Street, about 100 crooked politicians, terrorists. I even prosecuted two Nazis and had them sentenced to death. .. Nobody has a record like mine. And it’s outrageous. And the reason my allegations against Biden mean something is because I actually a professional. I caught him because I’m better than the rest of them. Plus, I had a pair of balls and they all know what would happen to them. They all knew what would happen to them – you get crucified. And I actually don’t give a damn if those idiots crucify me. But I’m not going to be called an alcoholic when I can prove that I’m not. I’m just getting tired of that.’
The speech that set off Giuliani’s furious pushback came as he mimicked Queen Elizabeth’s English accent, denied hanging out with Prince Andrew and underage women, and called America’s top military officer an ‘idiot’ and ‘a*****e’ during a 9/11 commemoration dinner in Manhattan on Saturday.
The former New York City mayor spoke at the Cipriani restaurant on Saturday, appearing at an annual dinner event to commemorate the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Giuliani’s comments about Prince Andrew were made on the same day that lawyers for Virginia Giuffre said they served the British royal with legal papers. Giuffre alleges she was sexually assaulted by Prince Andrew – an allegation that he denies.
The rant on Saturday is just the latest bizarre public appearance by Giuliani – a once-beloved mayor who is credited with leading New York City out of the turmoil of the September 11, 2001 attacks but who has spiraled downward in recent years, raising questions about his sobriety and overall well-being.
In February 2002, just months after the September 11 attacks, Giuliani was awarded an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his leadership during the tragedy. During Saturday’s dinner, Giuliani tried to mimic the monarch.
‘She said, “You did a wonderful job on Sept. 11”,’ Giuliani said while attempting to imitate a British accent.
‘And therefore I’m making you an honorary knight, commander of the royal something or other,’ he said.
Giuliani then added: ‘I turned down a knighthood because if you took a knighthood, you had to lose your citizenship.’
That claim is incorrect, as several Americans have been awarded honorary knighthoods without having to relinquish US citizenship.
Reports from 2001 state also that he had accepted the Queens’ honor to become a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his ‘outstanding help and support to the bereaved British families in New York.’
At the time, he told reporters that he was ‘humbled and gratified’ to accept the accolade.
The rant on Saturday sparked concern from viewers, with one posting online: ‘I’m not sure I have ever seen someone give a speech at a formal occasion as drunk as Rudy Giuliani is right now at the 9/11 dinner.’
Several clips posted to Twitter show Giuliani give a rambling talk at the podium.
The former mayor took aim at Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley, whose name Giuliani mispronounces after referring to him as ‘Miley.’
The former mayor took aim at Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley, whose name Giuliani mispronounces after referring to him as ‘Miley.’ ‘How’s that guy a general?’ Giuliani said, slamming Milley and the Biden administration for the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, calling it ‘freaking insane’
Prince Andrew is seen with then-New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in October 2001
‘How’s that guy a general?’ Giuliani said, slamming Milley and the Biden administration for the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, calling it ‘freaking insane.’
The former mayor, who most recently served as former President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, lashed out at Milley and the administration for withdrawing from the Bagram air base in Afghanistan.
Giuliani then describes how he would approach Milley if he saw him in person.
‘I wanted to grab his stars and shove it down his throat and say, “It’s 400 miles from China, a-hole! China is going to be our enemy for the next 40 years! You have an airbase 400 miles from them and you’re giving it up? Idiot!” Giuliani said.
‘What the hell is wrong with you? Who pays you?’
Giuliani added: ‘Christ!’
At another point in the speech, Giuliani, unprompted, then began to speak about Prince Andrew.
‘I know Prince Andrew is very questionable now,’ Giuliani said.
‘I never went out with him. Ever!
‘Never had a drink with him, never was with a woman or young girl with him.
‘Ever, ever, ever.’
Giuliani said that he met Andrew on two separate occasions.
‘One time, I met him in my office, and one time when we had the party,’ Giuliani said.
Giuliani (seen above with his Knighthood of the British Empire, or KBE, medal in 2002) was the mayor of New York City and heralded for his response the 9/11 attacks. He coordinated the response and organized the support of state and federal authorities for the World Trade Center site, for citywide anti-terrorist measures, and for restoration of infrastructure
Giuliani displays his honorary knighthood as Prince Andrew (left) and his then-partner, Judith Nathan (right), look on in London in February 2002
Giuliani is pictured on September 12, 2001 while serving as mayor of NYC. He was hailed for his response to the crisis. Then-New York Governor George Pataki (left) and then-Senator Hillary Clinton (right) flank Giuliani in the photo above
House before the dinner at Cipriani on Saturday, Giuliani was seenat the annual 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony near Ground Zero
Giuliani’s comments about Andrew were made on the same day that the British royal was sued by a woman who claims he assaulted her when she was 17.
Attorneys for Virginia Giuffre say the documents were handed over to a Metropolitan Police officer on duty at the main gates of Andrew’s home in Windsor Great Park in London at 9:30am on August 27.
The handover of the documents, first reported by the Daily Mail, is important because Andrew would be obliged to respond within 21 days of the summons.
‘If you fail to respond, judgment by default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint,’ Giuffre’s lawyers said in the documents.
But Blackfords, a law firm that said they represent Andrew ‘in certain UK matters,’ have questioned whether the papers were properly served and raised the possibility of challenging the court’s jurisdiction in the case, according to a September 6 letter referenced in court documents filed by Giuffre’s attorneys.
‘We reiterate that our client reserves all his rights, including to contest the jurisdiction of the US courts (including on the basis of potentially defective service),’ they wrote.
A US judge will ultimately determine whether the papers were properly delivered. Judge Lewis Kaplan of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York will hold the first pretrial conference in the case via teleconference on Monday.
The prince has repeatedly denied the allegations in the lawsuit brought by Giuffre, a longtime accuser of the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
When the suit was filed last month in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, legal experts suggested it left Andrew with no good options as the second son of Queen Elizabeth II seeks to repair his image and return to public life.
If the prince tries to ignore the lawsuit, he runs the risk that the court could find him in default and order him to pay damages.
Giuliani’s comments about Prince Andrew were made on the same day that lawyers for Virginia Giuffre said they served the British royal with legal papers. Giuffre alleges she was sexually assaulted by Prince Andrew – an allegation that he denies. From left: Andrew, Giuffre, and Ghislaine Maxwell, who allegedly procured underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein
Prince Andrew is seen above during a television interview in Windsor, England on April 11, 2021
And if he decides to fight, Andrew faces years of sordid headlines as the case winds its way through court.
Guiffre’s attorney, David Boies, said in court documents that it was implausible that Andrew is unaware of the suit.
‘Attorneys at Blackfords, who he has apparently instructed to evade and contest service, have confirmed that Prince Andrew himself already has notice of this lawsuit and is evaluating his chances of success,’ Boies wrote.
‘And even if Blackfords had not confirmed as much, any other conclusion would be implausible – reputable media outlets around the world reported on the filing of plaintiff’s complaint, and hundreds, if not thousands, of articles about this lawsuit have been published.’
The lawsuit is another unwanted story for the royals, reminding the public of Andrew’s links to Epstein two years after his death.
Britain’s royal family is also still recovering from allegations of racism and insensitivity leveled at them by Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, earlier this year.
Giuliani was the mayor of New York City and heralded for his response the 9/11 attacks.
He coordinated the response and organized the support of state and federal authorities for the World Trade Center site, for citywide anti-terrorist measures, and for restoration of infrastructure.
He has since become a controversial figure over his support for Donald Trump’s election fraud claims.
Giuliani’s Upper East Side apartment was raided by the FBI in April amid a probe into his dealings with the Ukraine, although he is yet to be charged with any crime, and denies all allegations of wrongdoing.
On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, Giuliani and former New York Governor George Pataki were reunited with NYPD and FDNY officials for the first time since September 1, 2001.
Milley has been a target of pro-Trump forces since the top general reportedly expressed relief that Biden won last fall’s presidential election.
Several books written about the waning days of the Trump presidency reported that Milley feared the outgoing president would attempt a coup in hopes of overturning the election results and staying in power.
Milley has also been criticized for the manner in which US forces pulled out of Afghanistan even while hundreds of American citizens as well as Afghans who helped the US military during the 20-year war remained behind in the country.
Last month, The Wall Street Journal reported that Biden ignored Milley’s request to keep a force of 2,500 US troops in Afghanistan for fear that removing them would lead to a Taliban takeover.
The Wall Street Journal reported last month that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin (left) warned President Joe Biden that a full withdrawal from Afghanistan wouldn’t provide any insurance of stability, while Milley (right) wanted to keep 2,500 U.S. troops there
Hundreds of people run alongside a US Air Force C-17 transport plane, some climbing on the plane, as it moves down a runway of the international airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 16
Afghan people climb atop a plane as they wait at the airport in Kabul on August 16 after a stunningly swift end to Afghanistan’s 20-year war, as thousands of people mobbed the city’s airport trying to flee the Taliban’s feared hardline brand of Islamist rule
Taliban forces stand guard at a roadside as Afghan women hold placards during a pro-Taliban rally outside the Shaheed Rabbani Education University in Kabul on Saturday
Biden stayed firm with his decision to remove US troops by August 31, the Journal reported, because he believed the US was propping up an Afghan government on life support.
The president viewed the government in Kabul as corrupt and blamed it for wasting billions of dollars of US aid.
He and his advisers had hoped President Ashraf Ghani and the Afghan government would pull itself together once the U.S. laid out an exit date, the Journal said, however some military advisers warned that Ghani wasn’t up to the task.
After capturing towns and villages throughout the country in the weeks and months leading up to the withdrawal, the Taliban entered Kabul on August 15, the same day Ghani fled Afghanistan.
Milley had argued that the US should keep a small fighting force in the country. There were about 2,500 US troops in Afghanistan when Biden took over the drawdown from former President Trump.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, who previously served as military commander in the region, warned that a full withdrawal wouldn’t provide any insurance of stability.
Biden had argued that by reneging on the agreement Trump made with the Taliban, American forces and US allies could be exposed to more violence.
Biden’s team was blindsided by the pace in which the Taliban took over Afghanistan and miscalculated the Afghan army’s willingness to fight.
Does Rudy Giuliani have a drinking problem? Once beloved ex-mayor’s bizarre appearances raise doubts
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was once a beloved figure in American life who at one point was a viable candidate for president.
But in recent years his public appearances on behalf of his client, former President Donald Trump, has raised questions as to his overall health and well-being.
Last month, Giuliani was spotted publicly shaving while seated inside a John F. Kennedy International Airport restaurant, much to the horror of onlookers.
‘You nasty filthy, sloppy, disgusting, filthy f****** animal,’ said actor Michael Rappaport, who has 2.2 million Instagram followers, when sharing the video to his social media page.
‘You f****** pig. You should be ashamed of yourself.’
The video was originally posted by Nick Weiss, who couldn’t believe his eyes when he spotted Giuliani riding up to the Delta One lounge on a golf cart.
Weiss was also headed to the lounge – available to Delta passengers flying first- or business-class – and watched as Giuliani began digging into his lobster bisque.
‘It took him 15 minutes to have one bowl of soup because every time he’d bring the spoon up to his mouth, half would fall back into the soup,’ Weiss told Mailonline.com.
Rudy Giuliani sipped soup and shaved his face during his visit to a JFK restaurant last month
‘It was disgusting.’
After he finished his soup, a woman served Giuliani a plate of brownies. That’s when he pulled out his razor, and used a tablet camera in selfie mode to shave, Weiss said.
The most bizarre part, Weiss added, was that there was a ‘really nice bathroom’ just paces away equipped with sinks, large mirrors and showers.
It wasn’t clear why Giuliani began shaving in the dining area of a bustling airport.
Giuliani was suspended from practicing law by a New York court in July for making ‘false and misleading statements’ about Trump’s 2020 election defeat.
The shaving incident was the latest public gaffe for Giuliani, whose face appeared to be melting during a nationally-televised press conference last November as dark hair dye dripped down the sides of his cheeks.
Also last November, Giuliani inadvertently led an election fraud press conference in the parking lot of a landscaping company called Four Seasons Total Landscaping after someone on his team accidentally booked that venue rather than the intended Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia.
Viewers of a nationally-broadcasted election fraud press conference last November were perplexed when a mysterious substance began dripping down the former politician’s face
Giuliani was tricked into participating in a Borat film, where he shoved his hands down his pants in the presence of an actress posing as a reporter
During the same month, Giuliani made headlines once again after falling into a hotel-room trap set by Sasha Baron Cohen as he filmed his latest satirical Borat movie.
Believing he was following a young female reporter into a hotel room, an oblivious Giuliani didn’t realize he was being tricked into participating in the Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.
At one point, Giuliani laid down on the bed and shoved his hands down his pants. He later said he was trying to adjust his microphone.
It hasn’t been an easy year for Giuliani, whose home and office were raided in April by FBI agents investigating whether he violated lobbying laws while serving under Trump.
And if his latest actions are any indication, he could also be struggling with money troubles.
Giuliani began peddling custom video messages for $199 each earlier this month amid reports his ex-boss Trump ignored pleas for help with mounting financial debts and after federal investigators raided his home.
He posted on Twitter that he was ‘taking all Cameo requests,’ referring to a popular site where personalities can sell personalized messages in exchange for cash.
‘Hey I’m Rudy Giuliani and I’m on Cameo,’ he says in his opening message on the site. ‘If there’s an issue of concern you want to discuss or a story you’d like to hear or share with me, or a greeting that I can bring to someone that would bring happiness to their day I would be delighted to do it.’
In June, it was reported that Giuliani was ‘heavily drinking’ and fueling Trump’s false belief that Mike Pence could overturn the election results the day before the January 6 Capitol riot, according to an upcoming book on the final days of the former president’s term.
Giuliani has been accused of violating federal election laws while serving as former president Donald Trump’s personal attorney
Rudy Giuliani, according to excerpts from an upcoming book, was ‘drinking heavily’ and one of the only one within Donald Trump’s inner circle who back his claims of widespread voter fraud
Giuliani also told Trump (pictured left at the Jan. 6 rally) that Vice President Mike Pence (pictured right presiding over the Jan. 6 session of Congress) could constitutionally stop Congress from certifying the Electoral College results for Joe Biden
‘The one person Trump did have at his side, Rudy Giuliani, was drinking heavily and in a constant state of excitation, often almost incoherent in his agitation and mania,’ author Michael Wolff wrote in an excerpt of his book published in New York Magazine.
Wolff explained that Giuliani was one of the only one’s within Trump’s inner circle who was still standing by his side when the then-president started waging his 2020 election fraud claims.
‘Almost everyone who remained around the president understood that he, along with Giuliani, did in fact actually believe that there was yet a decent chance of upsetting the electoral count and having Trump declared the Electoral College winner or, failing that, prolonging the election and returning the fight to the disputed states,’ Wolff wrote.
‘The president’s aides (and family) understood, too, that he was the only one (along with Giuliani, which only made the situation more alarming) in any professional political sphere to believe this. Hence — although they did not call it such and tried to see it as more nuanced — derangement.’
Wolff also detailed that Giuliani pumped up claims that Pence, as vice president, could somehow stop Congress from certifying the Electoral College results for Biden as he presided over the joint session on January 6.