Former HarperCollins book publisher and celebrity biographer Judith Regan has filed a $100 million lawsuit claiming a senior executive at News Corp., the media conglomerate that owns HarperCollins, in 2004 encouraged her to lie to federal investigators about her past affair with former New York City Police (NYPD) Commissioner Bernard Kerik.
Regan’s suit alleges that News Corp. was trying to protect Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor currently seeking the Republican nomination for president. At the time of Regan’s alleged conversation with the News Corp. executive, the Bush administration was considering nominating Kerik to become Secretary of Homeland Security. Giuliani appointed Kerik to head the NYPD and recommended him for the federal post.
The lawsuit claims managers engaged in a smear campaign against Regan after a book project with O.J. Simpson was canceled. The lawsuit does not provide details to explain the various charges. News Corp. says the suit is without merit.