regan1.jpgUPDATE: Fired book publisher Judith Regan filed a $100 million lawsuit today accusing Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation and HarperCollins Publishers and her boss Jane Friedman, of orchestrating a smear campaign that was intended to advance the Murdoch political agenda and protect “Rudy Giuliani’s presidential ambitions.” According to Regan, Murdoch employees were aware of her personal relationship with Guiliani pal Bernard Kerik and, fearing she had damaging information on Giuliani’s former police commissioner and business partner, “knew they would be protecting Giuliani if they could preemptively discredit her.” Drudge Report cites sources that Regan claims to have “extensive and damning” audio tapes…

observer.jpgHollywood uber-litigator Bert Fields has been representing Regan in her fight with HarperCollins and News Corp but he’s not listed on the lawsuit because it was filed in the NY courts. Among the legal complaint’s bombshell charges:

“A senior executive in the News Corp 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. Indeed, another News Corp executive similarly advised Regan not to produce clearly relevant documents in connection with the government’s investigation of Kerik.”