Former President Donald Trump has settled a lawsuit brought by a group of protesters more than seven years ago who alleged his personal security guards attacked them outside a Trump tower in New York.
Details of the settlement were not provided, but Trump’s legal team was happy with the decision.
“While we look forward to proceeding to trial to demonstrate the frivolity of this matter, the parties were ultimately able to reach an amicable resolution,” said attorney Alina Habba, Trump’s attorney. “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.”
Benjamin Dictor, the lawyer representing the protesters, suggested the settlement marked a sort of victory in their case.
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“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 added: “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. Nevertheless, the plaintiffs are proud to have settled their claims. and to have obtained the written recognition by Donald Trump of their right to demonstrate on the public sidewalk.
The settlement came as both sides worked through the jury selection process in a New York courtroom, responsible for the civil trial.
The defendants, five New Yorkers, said they were attacked on September 3, 2015, by Trump security personnel, while protesting the Republican’s comments about Mexicans.
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Trump was running for president at the time and he, his campaign, the Trump Organization and his personal safety were on the list of defendants.
The plaintiffs sought punitive damages from Trump because they claimed his security acted in a “negligent or reckless manner.”
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The case was one of many Trump is currently fighting in New York state.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.