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Trump settles lawsuit filed by protesters over 2019 brawl


“While we look forward to proceeding with a trial to demonstrate the frivolity of this matter, the parties were ultimately able to reach an amicable resolution,” Trump attorney Alina Habba said. “We are very satisfied with this result and are happy to finally be able to put an end to this matter once and for all.”

The lawsuit was brought by five New Yorkers of Mexican descent. He alleges that Trump’s bodyguards attacked them outside his Manhattan skyscraper on September 3, 2015, as they protested Trump’s negative comments about Mexico and Mexican immigrants. Reporters recorded guards snatching signs from protesters and then brawling with some of them.

“Powerful men may put their names on buildings, but the sidewalk will still belong to the people,” plaintiff attorney Benjamin Dictor said in an email following the announcement of the settlement.

“The defendants stared at the barrel of a Bronx jury who were about to be presented with overwhelming evidence in support of the plaintiffs’ claims. Nonetheless, the plaintiffs are proud to have settled their claims and to have won written acknowledgment from Donald Trump of their right to protest on the public sidewalk,” Dictor said.

Trump sat down for a deposition a year ago, which would have been played for the jury during the trial.

Trump was a defendant in the lawsuit, along with his company, the Trump Organization, his presidential campaign and his security personnel.

Among other demands, the plaintiffs wanted Trump to pay punitive damages, arguing he should have known that security personnel would act in a “negligent or reckless manner.”

Trump’s lawyers had resisted having him sit for deposition. While in office, they argued there must be “exceptional circumstances” to remove a senior government official.

Bronx Judge Doris Gonzalez, who presided over the case, dismissed that argument, saying it did not apply because Trump was called to account for conduct outside of his duties.

“The defendants stared at the barrel of a Bronx jury who were about to be presented with overwhelming evidence in support of the plaintiffs’ claims. Nonetheless, the plaintiffs are proud to have settled their claims and to have won written acknowledgment from Donald Trump of their right to protest on the public sidewalk,” Dictor said.

Trump sat down for a deposition a year ago, which would have been played for the jury during the trial.

Trump was a defendant in the lawsuit, along with his company, the Trump Organization, his presidential campaign and his security personnel.

Among other demands, the plaintiffs wanted Trump to pay punitive damages, arguing he should have known that security personnel would act in a “negligent or reckless manner.”

Trump’s lawyers had resisted having him sit for deposition. While in office, they argued there must be “exceptional circumstances” to remove a senior government official.

Bronx Judge Doris Gonzalez, who presided over the case, dismissed that argument, saying it did not apply because Trump was called to account for conduct outside of his duties.


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