Rudy Giuliani has been caught in a compromising position in the latest Borat movie, and while he maintains his innocence, why was in the hotel room in the first place?
In a scene in the recently-released Borat sequel, Rudy Giuliani, former New York mayor (and current personal attorney to Donald Trump) is laying on a bed, reaching into his pants and apparently touching his genitals in the presence of the actor playing Borat’s daughter, who is posing as a journalist. They are then interrupted by Borat who runs in and says: “She’s 15. She’s too old for you.”
The mise-en-scène places the two in a hotel suite, after Giuliani took up her offer of a drink after an interview with a bogus conservative news outlet. The room, of course, was rigged with numerous hidden cameras. As Catherine Shoard of The Guardian noted, “word of the incident first emerged on 7 July, when Giuliani called New York police to report the intrusion of an unusually-dressed man.
“This guy comes running in, wearing a crazy, what I would say was a pink transgender outfit,” Giuliani told the New York Post. “It was a pink bikini, with lace, underneath a translucent mesh top, it looked absurd. He had the beard, bare legs, and wasn’t what I would call distractingly attractive.
“This person comes in yelling and screaming, and I thought this must be a scam or a shakedown, so I reported it to the police. He then ran away,” Giuliani said. The police found no crime had been committed.
This morning, Giuliani took to Twitter this morning, writing: “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.”
As Shoard noted, “even before he reaches into his trousers, Giuliani does not appear to acquit himself especially impressively during the encounter. Flattered and flirtatious, he drinks scotch, coughs, fails to socially distance and claims Trump’s speedy actions in the spring saved a million Americans from dying of Covid. He also agrees – in theory at least – to eat a bat with his interviewer.”
Whether this influences the election one jot (or, as some conspiracy wonks are suggesting, the entire film is a hit job for Joe Biden), but it’s fair to say that Borat’s target has been guilty of doing just that, obtaining a laptop hard drive purportedly belonging to Hunter Biden.
On top of that, and all the headlines this nugget will bring, it appears to be consensual. Maria Bakalova (whilst playing her character, a wild child playing a far-right journalist) is extremely convincing. Giuliani believed that the interview was legitimate, stating that “…at one point she explained to me some problems she had. I actually prayed with her…and then I had to leave. I had my jacket on. I was fully clothed at all times.”
Giuliani told WABC. “And when the electronic equipment came off, some of it was in the back and my shirt came a little out, although my clothes were entirely on. I leaned back, and I tucked my shirt in, and at that point, at that point, they have this picture they take which looks doctored, but in any event, I’m tucking my shirt in. I assure you that’s all I was doing.”
Ok, Rudy. But you’re 76. Maybe don’t go into the suite of a hotel of a journalist more than half your age, hey.