Former President Donald J. Trump is expected to testify at Trump Tower on Monday as part of a proceeding filed by a group of activists who said they were violently attacked by his bodyguards in 2015.
Less than a week after the September 2015 incident, a group of five activists attacked them by security guards led by Mr. Trump’s longtime bodyguard Keith Schiller, a sign they had. He stripped it off, beat one, and complained that he had easily suffocated. Of the protesters.
Activist lawyers argued that Mr. Trump was responsible for the actions of his bodyguards, as he explicitly allowed them to use his power. Mr Schiller testified that he was allowed to use his power at work.
Mr. Trump and other defendants’ lawyers moved to dismiss the proceedings in 2015, but failed. Mr. Trump’s lawyer then claimed that he could not be personally responsible for the actions of his bodyguards. The judge also refused the discussion.
Benjamin N. Dictor, one of the activist lawyers, confirmed in a telephone interview that the testimony would be given at the judge’s order earlier this month. Dictor said the question, at least in part, focuses on what he called “Donald Trump’s personal control and responsibility for the violent behavior of his bodyguards.”
“The issue of the use of physical force at Trump’s rally, and the presidency of that issue, is a serious issue in the public interest,” Dictor said. “This incident from September 3, 2015 was one of the first examples of Donald Trump and his employees attempting to harness physical force against peaceful demonstrators.”
Mr. Trump’s lawyer did not immediately return a request for comment. Labor law lawyer Dictor also represents the New York News Guild, a union that represents employees of various news publications, including the New York Times.
The plaintiffs are all of Mexican descent and opposed Mr. Trump’s use of racist rhetoric in the early part of the presidential election and made several less turbulent protests in the summer of 2015. Mr. Trump’s lawyer is Mr. Schiller, who was first attacked by protesters.
It is not yet clear if Mr. Trump’s testimony will be released. Mr. Trump’s lawyer could ask him to seal it. However, it may touch on some interesting topics, such as Mr. Trump’s personal property and the relationship between the former president and at least one employee scrutinized by a prosecutor investigating his business. ..
The activist proceedings demanded punitive damages. In New York, this is partially valued according to the defendant’s net worth.
Mr. Trump may also be asked about his relationship with senior management Matthew Calamari, who is considering whether prosecutors at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office will prosecute tax-related crimes. Karamari, the former president’s bodyguard, was questioned by an activist lawyer in 2017.
Mr. Calamari’s scrutiny, along with the New York State Attorney, is part of an extensive investigation of Mr. Trump’s financial transactions and the financial transactions of his business by the Manhattan District Attorney. In July, prosecutors charged Trump Organization and its longtime Chief Financial Officer Allen H. Weisselberg with participating in a long-standing tax evasion program. Weisserberg pleaded not guilty.