NEW YORK — Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and his estranged wife weren't even in the courtroom Friday, but fireworks erupted when their lawyers clashed over a proposed gag order that would bar either side from commenting publicly about the couple's increasingly nasty divorce fight.
Acting state Supreme Court Justice Judith Gische declined to issue such an order, which is being sought by Giuliani, saying she didn't have the authority to do so as long as Donna Hanover and her attorneys had not agreed to it. That touched off a bitter exchange in which Raoul Felder, representing the mayor, and Helene Brezinsky, representing Hanover, attacked each other's clients.
"It's become clear that she [Hanover] has another agenda in this--which is to embarrass the mayor, to further her [acting] career, get her name in the paper and sacrifice her children on this anvil, all else be damned," said Felder. He called her a "foolish" and "trivial" woman, whose marriage to Giuliani "has been dead for years."
Felder also took a shot at Hanover's pending motion to bar Giuliani from bringing his new companion, Judith Nathan, into Gracie Mansion, the mayor's official residence. Hanover and the couple's two children still live in the residence.