Judith Regan’s $100 million lawsuit against News Corp. and Harper Collins contains a bit of a twist for the Rudy Giulani campaign:
She claims that an undisclosed News Corp. executive pressured her to mislead federal investigators about her relationship with Bernard Kerik in order to protect the presidential ambitions of Giuliani. She and Kerik had an affair while he worked on his memoir, “The Lost Son,” for her Regan Books imprint.
“Defendants were well aware that Regan had a personal relationship with Kerik,” the complaint says. “In fact, a senior executive in the News Corporation organization told Regan that he believed she had information about Kerik that, if disclosed, would harm Giuliani’s presidential campaign. This executive advised Regan to lie to, and to withhold information from, investigators concerning Kerik.”
The complaint goes on, “Because of the damaging information that defendants believed Kerik possessed, defendants knew they would be protecting Giuliani if they could preemptively discredit her.”
Giuliani has distanced himself from Kerik, who was indicted on federal tax fraud and other charges.
“We’re fully confident that the evidence will show that Judith Regan was the victim of a vicious smear campaign engineered by News Corp. and HarperCollins,” Brian C. Kerr, one of Regan’s lawyers, tells the New York Times.
Kerr told the Times that Regan had evidence to support her claim.
The complete suit here.