NEW YORK (AP) — A man charged with assault for allegedly slapping former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani on the back Thursday filed a $2 million false arrest notice against the city.
Daniel Gill was seen on video in June touching Giuliani on the back with an open hand while Giuliani was at a Staten Island ShopRite supermarket supporting his son Andrew’s campaign for the Republican nomination for governor of New York. Gil said, “What’s up motherfucker?” according to a notice of claim published Thursday.
While Giuliani barely seemed to react in the video, he later said he felt “like someone had shot me” or been hit by a rock.
Gil was jailed for more than 24 hours and lost his job at the market as a result of his arrest and the publicity that surrounded him, according to the lawsuit.
Gil on Wednesday agreed to a deal with prosecutors under which charges will be dropped if he stays out of trouble for the next six months. Gill has no criminal record, according to an attorney who represented him on the assault charge.
In Thursday’s filing, Gil and attorney Ronald Kuby alleged a series of violations including false arrest, wrongful conviction, infliction of emotional distress and unlawful search and seizure.
Giuliani was not named in the action because “he is not a city employee and the City of New York is (thankfully) no longer responsible for his misconduct,” according to the filing.
The city’s legal department declined to comment. The lawsuit notice, which is a background to a possible lawsuit, will be reviewed by the Municipal Comptroller.
Giuliani, a 78-year-old Republican, served as mayor from 1994 to 2001 and received widespread praise for his leadership after 9/11. Now suspended from practicing law, he served as personal attorney for former President Donald Trump and took a leading role in disputing the results of Trump’s 2020 election loss.
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