Trump settles lawsuit filed by protesters who claimed his security attacked them in 2015
A group of protestors alleged that Trump’s personal security guards attacked them outside the Trump Tower in New York City. The lawsuit was filed more than seven decades ago.
Details of the settlement were not provided, but Trump’s legal team was pleased with the decision.
” Although we were eager to go to trial to show the frivolousness in this case, the parties were eventually able to reach an amicable settlement,” stated Trump’s attorney Alina Habba. “We are pleased with the outcome and are happy that this matter has been resolved once and for all. “
A NYPD car waits at the Trump Tower on October 24, 2022 in New York City.
Benjamin Dictor, the attorney representing the protesters, suggested the settlement signaled a victory, of sorts, in their case.
“Powerful men may put their names on buildings, but the sidewalk will always belong to the people,” Dictor said in an email to the Associated Press.
Dictor stated, “Defendants were staring at a Bronx jury who were about to present overwhelming evidence in support plaintiffs’ claims.” Nevertheless, plaintiffs are proud to have settled their claims and to have obtained written recognition by Donald Trump of their right to protest on the public sidewalk. “
Trump Tower, New York City, a former President Trump.
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The settlement came as both sides were working on the jury selection process in a New York courtroom, head of the civil trial.
The defendants, five New Yorkers, claimed they were attacked on Sept. 3, 2015 by Trump’s security personnel, as they were protesting comments the Republican made about people from Mexico.
Trump was running for the presidency at the time, and he, his campaign, the Trump Organization and his personal security were listed as defendants.
The entrance of the Trump Tower on Oct. 24, 2022 in New York City. After years of investigations that placed former President Donald Trump’s business in front of a jury, the Trump Organization trial began in Manhattan.
The plaintiffs sought punitive damages from Trump as they claimed his security acted in a “negligent or reckless manner. “
The case was one of several Trump is currently fighting in the state of New York.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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