Trump settles lawsuit with protesters over alleged 2015 security scuffle

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Former President Donald Trump settled a lawsuit on Wednesday, just days before the trial of a lawsuit filed by protesters who alleged they were assaulted in 2015 by his security personnel outside Trump Tower in New York.

The details of the settlement have not been made public, but according to court documents, jury selection for a civil trial led by Bronx Judge Doris Gonzalez was underway.

In a brief, joint statement announcing the settlement, Trump and the protesters said, “The parties all agree that the plaintiffs in the action, and all people, have the right to protest peacefully on public sidewalks.”

The suit was brought by five New Yorkers of Mexican descent, led by Efrain Galicia, who claimed Trump’s bodyguards had a scuffle with them when they demonstrated outside the building on September 3, 2015 in response to anti-Mexican comments Trump made. during his presidential campaign.

The case sought damages after alleging Trump bodyguard Keith Schiller and others hit one of the men in the head while trying to grab a sign that read, “Make America Racist Again!” Schiller has previously said that he was just trying to make room on the sidewalk and that he only hit the protester after the man grabbed him from behind.

“Plaintiffs are proud to have settled their claims and received written acknowledgment from Donald Trump for their right to protest on public sidewalks,” their attorney, Benjamin Dictor, told The Washington Post in a statement on Thursday.

“Mighty men may put their names on buildings, but the sidewalk will always belong to the people,” Dictor added.

Trump was a defendant in the lawsuit, along with the Trump Organization, called his presidential campaign and several security personnel, according to court documents.

In 2019, Gonzalez said Trump’s testimony was “indispensable” for the trial and ordered the then president to sit for a video testimony. In a transcript of the 2021 statement, Trump said Schiller “did nothing wrong,” and when asked about details of the battle, Trump said he “knew nothing about it.”

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Trump attorney Alina Habba said in a statement: “While we were eager to go to trial to demonstrate the frivolity of this case, the parties were ultimately able to reach an amicable settlement. We are very pleased with this.” result and are happy that we can finally put this matter to rest once and for all.”

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The Former President Is Involved With A Handful Of Other lawsuits, including government documents found at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida and allegations that he attempted to interfere with Georgia’s 2020 electoral census. He is also facing investigations related to the role he played prior to on the January 6, 2021. , attack on the United States Capitol.

In May, the Trump Organization and the presidential inaugural committee agreed to pay DC$750,000 to settle a lawsuit the city had filed, alleging the organizations misused nonprofit funds to help the former president and his family. to benefit.

Separately, his eponymous organization, including its payroll subsidiary, the Trump Payroll Corporation, is on trial in the New York Supreme Court on charges of alleged fraud, conspiracy, criminal tax fraud and falsifying corporate records.

Trump and three of his adult children who have served as executives at the company have not been personally charged. The criminal trial started last week and could last up to six weeks.

Shayna Jacobs in New York contributed to this report.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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