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Double affair laid bare: Kerik cheated on wife with Judith Regan and correction officer
New York Daily News ^ | December 13, 2004 | RUSS BUETTNER

Posted on 12/13/2004 3:27:04 AM PST by billorites

Former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik conducted two extramarital affairs simultaneously, using a secret Battery Park City apartment for the passionate liaisons, the Daily News has learned.

The first relationship, spanning nearly a decade, was with city Correction Officer Jeanette Pinero; the second, and more startling, was with famed publishing titan Judith Regan.

His affair with Regan, the stunningly attractive head of her own book publishing company, lasted for almost a year.

Dramatically, each woman learned of the existence of the other after Pinero discovered a love note left by Regan in the apartment.

The revelations about Kerik's private life come as repercussions over his suitability to be nominated for the post of secretary of homeland security. Kerik, 49, married with two children from his current marriage, withdrew his name from consideration in a sudden and unexpected call to the White House on Friday night.

Kerik said that questions about the immigration status of his family's former nanny and failure to pay taxes prompted his decision to walk away from the job. But speculation has continued that there were deeper and more controversial reasons.

Yesterday, The News reported that a six-month investigation showed Kerik had accepted thousands of dollars in cash and gifts without proper disclosure, and had ties to a construction company that investigators believe is linked to the mob.

Now revelations about his private life also cast a shadow on his suitability for one of the administration's highest-profile cabinet positions.

Asked about the affairs and the secret love nest yesterday, Joseph Tacopina, Kerik's attorney, said Kerik and Regan had denied the affair in the past.

Tacopina said Kerik's "friendship" with Pinero ended in 1996.

He would not comment on the apartment.

Regan could not be reached for comment.

But sources with intimate knowledge of both affairs painted a picture of passionate, and sometimes volatile, liaisons.

The tumultuous Regan-Kerik romance carried on for months, through the writing, publication and promotion of his autobiography, "The Lost Son: A Life in Pursuit of Justice," which Regan's company published.

The two worked out together most mornings at the New York Sports Club in Rockefeller Center and often dined at Fresco restaurant in midtown, according to sources.

Kerik visited Regan's Central Park West apartment almost daily, and occasionally stayed the night, with his police detail camped outside.

They became so close that Kerik's two nieces stayed with Regan while the commissioner's sister was hospitalized, one source said.

Regan visited the Battery Park apartment several times, the source said, but apparently never knew that his actual residence at that time was an apartment on E. 79th St.

Furnished corporate rentals similar to the unit Kerik used, according to the sources, are advertised at monthly rents from $3,150 to $6,200. Representatives of Milstein Properties, whichs owns the Liberty View, could not be reached yesterday.

After one encounter, Regan left a romantic note, which was later discovered by Pinero. The two later spoke on the phone.

"She wanted to know if Judith was still seeing him," the source said. "She told Regan about their affair and Regan told her she was shocked."

Many close to Kerik in the mid-1990s assumed that someday he would marry Pinero, a career correction officer described as spirited and attractive by friends, a close friend and a former high-ranking Correction Department source said.

The relationship continued after Kerik married Hala Matli, a hygienist in his dentist's office whom he met in mid-1996 and wed in November 1998, according to multiple sources close to Pinero and Kerik.

Kerik's affair with Pinero is at the center of two lawsuits against the city, both brought by correction employees who claimed Kerik retaliated after they crossed her.

The city settled one last year for $250,000, The News reported at the time.

The second suit, in which Pinero and Kerik were deposed last week, was filed by former Deputy Warden Eric DeRavin 3rd, who claims Kerik quashed his promotion after he reprimanded Pinero. The city demanded a gag order on both depositions.

Pinero declined to comment.

But sources with whom she has spoken said that on her trips to the Battery Park City apartment, Pinero was shuttled in through a side service door.

"She's going to be my wife for as long we live. I support her 100%," said Pinero's husband, who asked that his name be withheld.

Yesterday, Kerik remained at his $1.2 million home in Franklin Lakes, N.J.

After announcing his decision to withdraw his name from the top homeland security post, he remained at the house over the weekend, emerging only twice to talk to media.

On both occasions, he stressed that he had made the decision to withdraw his name from consideration solely on the basis of problems with the family nanny.

He said he had realized on Wednesday evening that there were issues with the woman's immigration status and tax status.

He added that he wanted to avoid any embarrassment to the President, with whom he had stood side-by-side at a press conference announcing his nomination just a week before.

Kerik, who had a national profile after the events of 9/11, had been one of Bush's most enthusiastic public supporters during the election campaign.

With Nancy Dillon

Originally published on December 13, 2004

TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: adultery; arrogantfool; blackmailbait; goodriddance; jerk; kerik; trashcollector; whatanass
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To: KateatRFM
We need to promote abstinence for politicians and officials and anyone who would be either one

Or we need to leave their personal lives alone.

61 posted on 12/13/2004 5:39:20 AM PST by Jim Noble (Colgate '72)
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To: SE Mom

You wonder why the vetting was so bad?

Judith was in the publishing business. He was a rags-to-riches case, most attractive to the media.

It suggests that they were "protected."

62 posted on 12/13/2004 5:42:31 AM PST by docbnj
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To: OldFriend

Well put.

63 posted on 12/13/2004 5:47:20 AM PST by wallcrawlr
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To: wideawake

People assume that adultery is no big deal. I have even heard ministers ague this from the pulpit.

Adultery is not just a sexual act. It is breaking a solemn obligation, and hurting those who are depending on you, and whom you have sworn to love.

If you think that adultery is a small thing, consider that Jesus said that those who cannot be trusted in small matters, cannot be expected to be honest when the temptations are really large.

64 posted on 12/13/2004 5:51:12 AM PST by docbnj
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To: billorites

Stunningly attractive?

65 posted on 12/13/2004 5:52:12 AM PST by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Jim Noble
Because your professional responsibilities seldom make you crazy, and rarely invoke that part of your brain that is involved in having an affair.

There is no "affair" part of the brain - junk science doesn't excuse this kind of behavior.

If a man cannot honor his solemn vows, if he can't respect his own family, if he has no moral integrity, then he cannot be counted on.

Period. End of story.

66 posted on 12/13/2004 5:58:06 AM PST by wideawake (God bless our brave soldiers and their Commander in Chief)
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To: sgtbono2002
OK the guy has given up, taken his name off the list, can we stop digging now?


THIS CRETIN ALMOST BECAME A HIGH PROFILE SLOB IN THE GUBMINT. i also see entertainment value in this item continuing on the front page.

67 posted on 12/13/2004 6:32:22 AM PST by 1234 (Border control or IMPEACHMENT)
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To: txrangerette

You've nailed it. Utter folly, indeed.

68 posted on 12/13/2004 6:56:34 AM PST by NCPAC (Social Darwinists Unite!)
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To: Jim Noble

I reckon since they're always telling us how to live our lives, their lives should be open to scrutiny as well.

69 posted on 12/13/2004 6:59:30 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: billorites

He could easily be a Democratic Presidential candidate with a record like that!

70 posted on 12/13/2004 7:07:24 AM PST by Gypssy (Smart, Womanly & Conversative! :-)~~~)
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Amazing that they could take Kerick down sooooo easily-- yet O'Malley still roams unscathed. Should send a note to Kerick, Baltimore is looking for a Police commissioner, it doesn’t matter if you cheat on your wife.

71 posted on 12/13/2004 7:21:28 AM PST by MD4Bush (Just say no to Hillary in 08)
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To: JudyinCanada

Good question. On a side note I know it isnt right but after 9/11 he was always in the background of all pics and news conferences and I thought just by looking at him he was a shady charector.

72 posted on 12/13/2004 7:48:52 AM PST by winodog (We need to water the liberty tree)
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To: MarkL

There's a very old, blues song that was released by one of the ol' time, black, female singers named, "Your Husband's Cheatin' on Us." :-)

73 posted on 12/13/2004 8:08:32 AM PST by El Gran Salseron (My wife just won the "Inmate of the Month Award!" :-))
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To: VisualizeSmallerGovernment

You forgot about Elizabeth Ward - Miss America.

74 posted on 12/13/2004 8:47:48 AM PST by PugetPower
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To: SE Mom
Morality aside- if it took a few reporters a weekend to dig up this dirt, how is it possible the president's team was unable to find this in the weeks leading up to Kerik's nomination? I'm serious...what is the deal with the vetting?

Look at the nanny/illegal alien/tax thing - they basically take his word for it and he takes them for a ride. What we may see as being wrong (such as the nanny thing), others like Kerik and those who have been nailed by the nanny thing in the past don't. It very literally could have been: White House Aide: Is there anything we should know about? Kerik: Nope! That might have been it.

I do find it ironic that he had the full support of Hillary and Schumer. That should have tipped off some of us.
75 posted on 12/13/2004 9:00:35 AM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: billorites

Had to go back and read the names again.
For a moment I thought I was reading an article about X42.
All the affairs HE had didn't matter to the media.

76 posted on 12/13/2004 9:35:40 AM PST by Muzzle_em
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To: billorites

Judith Regan...ughh. She has the worse reputation in the publishing industry for being one nasty boss. I heard the turnover for assistants in her office is HUGE.

77 posted on 12/13/2004 11:40:35 AM PST by paltz
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To: goldstategop
Judith Regan looks like a knock-out. Is it me or are conservative women all sought after?? ;-)

Well, yeah, she looks great; I've always thought she was very attractive. But whew! - read this (very long, but fascinating) article about her and you may come away with a slightly different impression.

Once I started reading it, I had to finish it. Looks like she's a real scary b#%$-buster.

79 posted on 12/13/2004 12:12:34 PM PST by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: billorites; Finalapproach29er; Skooz; ken5050; texson66; PJ-Comix; Dr. Scarpetta; freekitty; ...
Ping to #79 re: Ms. Regan. Whew.

I think she's a knockout, too (at least as made-up for photos and TV), but . . . . . whew!

And a new personal record for most-pings in a single post is hereby set.

80 posted on 12/13/2004 12:44:12 PM PST by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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