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Rudy Giuliani's Son Files Suit Against Duke

Andrew Giuliani, the only son of the former New York City mayor, is teeing off with his best swing against Duke University, where he's a rising senior and aspiring pro golfer.

The younger Giuliani has filed a federal lawsuit in North Carolina alleging he was kicked off the Duke golf team over "unfounded accusations" and the new coach's "bizarre Lord of the Flies scheme."

Newsday reports the lawsuit contends Duke violated its obligations to Giuliani as a student athlete, and demands he be reinstated as a player on the team. "Andrew and his teammates were shocked," Newsday quotes the lawsuit as saying. "Andrew had no prior notice of what was about to happen. At no time was Andrew ever given an opportunity to defend himself; instead he was summarily dismissed."

As for what his father, Rudy Giuliani, the former Big Apple mayor and ex-presidential candidate, thinks of the lawsuit, the younger Giuliani told Newsday, "I love my father very much. I just decided not to ask him to get involved in the situation."

His mother, however, Donna Hanover, calls the ordeal "heartbreaking."

"He has been a tremendously hardworking and dedicated member of the Duke golf team," Hanover told Newsday. "We tried for many months to convince members of the Duke administration that the situation should be corrected. We're sad we now have to turn to the courts to protect Andrew's reputation and the rights of other students at Duke."

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 24, 2008; 1:45 PM ET
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