Rudy Giuliani Tells Slap Details, Calls Video ‘Misleading’ – Deadline
A hoarse and angry Rudy Giuliani has denounced the downgrading of charges to misdemeanors in the Staten Island slapping incident, saying he felt like a ‘rock hit me’ at the supermarket. The video showing the suspect slapping Giuliani is “a little misleading,” the 78-year-old former Trump lawyer said.
See the video below.
Suspect Daniel Gill was arraigned in Staten Island Criminal Court today for misdemeanor third-degree assault, third-degree threat, and second-degree harassment, and released on his own recognizance by Judge Gerianne Abriano. The next court date is August 17, according to Ryan Lavis, ccommunications director for the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office.
Gill was first charged on Sunday with second-degree assault.
“Yesterday I was in Staten Island getting ready to campaign for my son. I hadn’t started yet,” Giuliani said in a Facebook press conference. I came back with a group of friends and all of a sudden, without any warning, I was hit very, very hard in the back, so much so that he knocked me back about two steps. People around me helped me People around me secured the person who did it The videotape you see is probably a bit misleading, it just shows a hand on my back.
“Police watched the entire videotape and charged him with second-degree assault,” Giuliani said. He was furious, having just learned that the charge had been downgraded to a misdemeanor.
“I could have fallen…Older people most often die from falling,” Giuliani said.
After the slap, Gill vowed to Giuliani to “kill women,” apparently referencing the recent Supreme Court overturning of Roe v. Wade.
The controversial former mayor of New York was campaigning for his son’s candidacy for governor of the borough of Staten Island. The assailant was immediately arrested by the police.
“I was stunned,” said eyewitness Rita Rugova-Johnson The New York Post after the supermarket attack. “I was neck and neck with Rudy inside ShopRite,” Rugova-Johnson said. “We’re talking, and all of a sudden an employee came out of nowhere and slapped him with his bare hands on the back and said, ‘Hey, what’s up, asshole?’
Today, Giuliani said, referring to an alleged bounty on his head by the Sicilian Mafia, “I’m not allowed to go to Sicily. Do you think I’m worried about this little thug? I’m worried about this little punk for you.
A former attorney and adviser to President Donald Trump, Giuliani caused a stir earlier this year when he was unmasked as the incumbent costumed candidate in the Season 7 episode of Fox’s popular primetime series. The Masked Singer. Judges Ken Jeong and Robin Thicke walked off the stage to protest Giuliani’s appearance when his identity was revealed.
Video of the “assault” on Rudy at ShopRite, where Rudy had the person arrested and said if he wasn’t in better shape he would have fallen, cracked his skull and died. pic.twitter.com/EpgSpPu2fk
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