Rudy Giuliani is pushing unapproved nutritional supplements as he tries to pay $148 million in damages to a pair of election officials he defamed.
A US federal judge on Wednesday ordered Giuliani to “immediately” produce the money before he has a chance to hide his true assets, saying he has been an “uncooperative party”.
The former New York mayor and Trump campaign lawyer was found to have defamed Ruby Freeman and her daughter Shay Moss when he falsely accused them of helping to rig the 2020 presidential election.
In live streams Tuesday and Wednesday night, Mr. Giuliani showed his followers how to make Christmas tree ornaments from Balance of Nature diet pill bottles, urging them to help him “fight the traitors” by buying some.
“Balance of Nature should be taken daily to make sure you're getting your vegetables and fruits,” she said. “I expect you to have these in Christmas stockings for everyone you love, okay?”
It did not mention that the supplements were temporarily taken off the market last month by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which said they had been falsely advertised as helping to prevent or mitigate diseases such as cancer and Covid-19 without being approved For this purpose.
The promotion, first reported by The Daily Beastis the latest in a long line of fundraising efforts, ranging from advertising sandals, pillows and cigars to sending personalized messages on celebrity voice clip app Cameo.
On Thursday, Mr. Giuliani filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, claiming he did not have enough assets to pay up to $500 million in legal fees.
But the judge at Wednesday's hearing said his claims of “financial hardship” were “difficult to corroborate” against hiring a representative who “accompanyed him every day at trial.”
The case adds to a growing pile of debt and legal hurdles, including a pending lawsuit by voting systems company Smartmatic, a lawsuit by Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, and a sprawling criminal case in Atlanta, where he is accused along with the former president and more than a dozen others for participating in a “criminal enterprise” to illegally overturn Georgia's election results.
Meanwhile, the Washington Bar Association's disciplinary committee unanimously recommended that he be disbarred from practicing law in the city for spreading false information about the 2020 election.