Former President Trump ordered to give videotaped testimony for lawsuit over September 2015 incident

"This is a case about Donald Trump’s security guards assaulting peaceful demonstrators on a public sidewalk," said the plaintiff's lawyer.

Nick Monroe Cleveland Ohio

A lawsuit stemming from events before Donald Trump's presidency remains ongoing after New York Supreme Court Justice Doris Gonzalez ordered him to give a deposition.

According to ABC News, former President Trump must give a videotaped testimony next week for a pending lawsuit at Bronx Supreme Court, born from an incident at Trump Tower. The outlet described the suit as "a group of Mexican protesters said they were assaulted during a rally outside Trump Tower in September 2015 over the then-candidate's comments that Mexican immigrants were criminals and rapists." The Associated Press said the suit involved six protesters.

Judge Doris Gonzalez ordered Trump to appear for a 10 AM deposition on October 18. If emergency circumstances arise that make him unable to appear, he has until the end of the month.

CNBC elaborated further on the circumstances that supposedly involved Trump's security guards. Trump's former head of security Keith Schiller is named in the lawsuit, where he allegedly punched one of the protestors in the head. It's said that protester Efrain Galicia was trying to "prevent Schiller from taking another sign" when the altercation occurred.

The decision to give a videotaped deposition comes after a debate over if a sitting President can sit in the courtroom. Justice Gonzalez ruled in favour of Trump's appearance since the alleged incident didn't occur while Trump was president.

The plaintiff's argument claimed that while Trump didn't directly order his security guards to act like this, that he still had "control over his security's actions." In response to that, Trump's defense lawyers argued that he wasn't "even in the vicinity" at Trump Tower at the time of the incident.

"We will be taking the trial testimony of Donald Trump, under oath, on Monday after years of the defendants' dilatory attempts to shield him from this examination. We look forward to presenting the video of Mr. Trump's testimony to a jury at his trial," said the lawyer for the plaintiffs, Benjamin Dictor. It was in part an issue of scheduling that caused the deadline decision to take this long.

For further information, Bloomberg lists the case as "Galicia v. Trump, 24973/2015E, Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Bronx."


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