(Ooh, somebody photoshop that, quick!! There's a great painting . . . here. Ergh! Caravaggio. Graphic! Get to work, guys.)
Will Regan decapitate Giuliani with details of what she learned -- about Bernie Kerik, if not more -- while sleeping with the latter?
She threatened to do just that a while back, according to The New Republic, and now comes her first shot across the bow, in the filing of her $100 million civil lawsuit against News Corporation for improperly firing her and subjecting her to a "vicious smear campaign." The money quote:
“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.”
She doesn't name the executive, but her lawyer claims she has evidence to back up this assertion.
News Corp. owns HarperCollins, where Judith had her own imprint, ReganBooks, and also Fox News, the objectivity of which regarding Rudy has been questioned because it's run by Roger Ailes, his close friend. Rudy officiated at Ailes' wedding.
reader_iam sent me this story intrigued (very much in spite of herself) by the fact that I'm acquainted with Judith and others who know her better. Unfortunately, I've lost touch and don't have anything to add. I did hear through back channels that Judith was very frightened of Kerik after they broke up. I thought I was being noble and loyal to my source by keeping mum, until even that turned up in the news. Discreet is not Judith's middle name.
I'm torn about this, between my more civilized and atavistic levels. Deep down, Judith is every woman's revenge fantasy -- a double-barreled loose cannon, firing from both boobs, playing with the big boys, but not by their rules. (Hey, that scans like four lines of a song -- "The Ballad of Blazin' Judith"?) Sort of like a comic book superhero for bad girls. The Germans could coin a word for her -- maybe SCHWERGEWICHTSSCHEIDMONSTER.