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Trump testifies over bodyguards’ 2015 conflict with protesters — lawyer

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, U.S. February 28, 2021. REUTERS/Octavio Jones

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on the Conservative Political Motion Convention (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, U.S. Feb. 28, 2021. (File picture from REUTERS)

NEW YORK — Ex-president Donald Trump testified Monday in a lawsuit introduced by activists who say they had been attacked by his safety guards six years in the past, a lawyer for the plaintiffs stated.

“We will report right now that Donald John Trump sat for about 4 and half hours beneath oath and answered questions regarding the occasions that occurred outdoors of Trump Tower on September 3, 2015,” legal professional Benjamin Dictor informed AFP.

A number of activists of Mexican descent introduced the lawsuit alleging that Trump’s bodyguards violently broke up a protest they had been holding outdoors Trump Tower in New York.

The protesters had been demonstrating towards derogatory feedback Trump had made about Mexico and Mexicans firstly of his in the end profitable run for president.

“They’re bringing medication. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists,” Trump had stated.

The plaintiffs allege that the guards ripped away their indicators and punched and choked one of many demonstrators.

Trump reportedly gave the videotaped deposition inside Trump Tower after a New York choose rejected an try to quash a subpoena ordering him to testify.

“Whereas we won’t touch upon the substance of Mr. Trump’s testimony right now, we hope right this moment’s occasions serve for instance that our establishments have prevailed and nobody is above the regulation,” Dictor stated.

It’s not clear if the deposition will ever be made public however attorneys for the activists hope the video recording can be aired in entrance of a jury if the case proceeds to trial.

A lawyer for Trump and a spokesperson for the Trump Group didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark from AFP.

The case is one in all a number of civil lawsuits that Trump is going through.

Journalist E. Jean Carroll and Summer season Zervos, a former contestant on “The Apprentice,” have each sued him for defamation over his response to their allegations of sexual assault towards him, which he denies.


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