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Trump to give testimony in trial over protesters’ assault allegations

Former US President Donald Trump leaves Trump Tower in Manhattan on May 18, 2021 in New York City.

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Former President Donald Trump is due to be dropped off next week in New York for a lawsuit brought by protesters who claim they were “violently attacked” by his security guards on the sidewalk outside Trump Tower in September 2015.

Trump’s videotaped deposition on Monday morning will take place in the Trump Tower itself, located on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan.

There he will be questioned by lawyers for the plaintiffs in the civil suit, which is pending in the Bronx Supreme Court.

“This is a case of Donald Trump security agents assaulting peaceful protesters on a public sidewalk,” said Benjamin Dictor, lawyer for the plaintiffs.

“We will hear testimony from Donald Trump, under oath, on Monday after years of delaying attempts by the defendants to protect him from this questioning. We look forward to showing the video of Mr. Trump’s testimony to a jury during his trial. “

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Trump’s videotaped testimony will be presented to a jury following a prior court order that allowed the then president to avoid having to testify in person while serving in the White House.

A Trump spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Trump in July was ordered by Bronx Supreme Court Judge Doris Gonzalez to sit for the deposition, which was to be scheduled for a later date.

He and the plaintiffs later agreed that he would be filed on September 24, but that was postponed after his lawyers returned and said Trump was no longer available by that date, according to an order from Gonzalez the week. last.

The timing of Monday’s deposition was agreed upon by Trump and the plaintiffs, according to the order, which was first reported on Thursday by ABC News.

In addition to Trump, the defendants in the trial include his 2016 presidential campaign, the Trump Organization, and Keith Schiller, who had acted for years as Trump’s bodyguard.

The lawsuit seeks damages for the actions of Trump’s security personnel during the September 3, 2015 protest outside Trump Tower, months after Trump announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination.

The plaintiffs, who are human rights activists of Mexican descent, say they were assaulted by Trump’s guards and had their placards destroyed by the guards during the event, which protested what they saw as Trump’s Mexican anti-immigrant racism.

Schiller, then Trump’s security chief, is accused of hitting one of the protesters, Efrain Galicia, on the head after Galicia tried to retrieve a sign that Schiller had ripped his hand off.