Trump Must Testify in Protester Assault Suit, Appeals Court Says

Former President Donald Trump has to sit for a deposition in a lawsuit by a group of human-rights activists who say his security team assaulted them during a 2015 protest outside Trump Tower, a New York appeals court ruled.

A state court judge in the Bronx in 2019 ordered Trump to answer questions under oath in the case, but the then-president argued on appeal that he could not be compelled to testify. On Tuesday, the appellate panel threw out the challenge as moot because Trump is no longer president.

The plaintiffs claim Trump’s guards attacked them in September 2015 while they were demonstrating against his remarks about Mexican immigrants and the Black Lives Matter movement. Trump launched his White House bid in the lobby of Trump Tower three month earlier with a speech decrying the influx of Mexican “rapists” and drug smugglers into the U.S.

A spokesperson for Marc Kasowitz, Trump’s lawyer on the appeal, didn’t have an immediate comment on the decision.

Trump managed to stall many lawsuits against him while he was president but now faces the prospect of being forced to testify in a number of them. Two women who claim he sexually assaulted them are both seeking to depose Trump in defamation suits they filed after he said they were lying.

The case is Galicia v. Trump, 24973/2015E, Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Bronx.

©2021 Bloomberg L.P.

BQ Install

Bloomberg Quint

Add BloombergQuint App to Home screen.