Former President Donald Trump testified on Monday in a trial brought by activists who say he was attacked by his security guards six years ago, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said.
“We can report at this time that Donald John Trump sat under oath for approximately four-and-a-half hours and answered questions related to the events that took place outside Trump Tower on September 3, 2015,” Attorney Benjamin Dictor told AFP.
Several activists of Mexican descent filed a lawsuit alleging that Trump’s bodyguards violently broke up a protest outside Trump Tower in New York.
The protesters were demonstrating against the derogatory comments Trump had made about Mexico and Mexico at the beginning of his ultimately successful run for president.
“They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists,” Trump had said.
The plaintiffs allege that the guards broke their signs and punched and strangled one of the protesters.
Trump videotaped statement inside Trump Tower after a New York judge dismissed an attempt to overturn a summons ordering him to testify.
“While we will not comment on the essence of Mr. Trump’s testimony at this time, we hope that today’s events serve as an example that our institutions have prevailed and that no one is above the law,” Diktor said. said.
It is unclear whether the statement will ever be made public, but lawyers for activists expect the video recording to be broadcast to a jury if the case goes ahead.
Trump said in a statement that “after years of litigation, I am delighted to have the opportunity to present my case about this ridiculous story.”
Trump said of his bodyguards, “When security tried to de-escalate the situation, they unfortunately faced taunts and violence by the plaintiffs.”
“Given what it is, prior to my statement today, the court dismissed almost all of the plaintiffs’ claims, except one baseless claim of injuries they never suffered, and the provision of a useless cardboard sign.” The damage that came back soon after that for them,” he said.
The case is one of several civil lawsuits Trump is facing.
Journalists E. Jean Carroll and Summer Zervos, a former contestant on “The Apprentice,” have both filed a lawsuit against her for defamation over her response to allegations of sexual harassment, which they have denied.
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