Rudy Giuliani Assaulted by ShopRite Employee in Staten Island

By Matis Glenn

FILE – Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks during a news conference June 7, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Former New York City Mayor and Trump legal advisor Rudy Giuliani was assaulted on Sunday at a Staten Island ShopRite by an on-duty employee, while on a campaign stop on behalf of his son Andrew, who is running for the Republican nomination in this year’s gubernatorial election.

 Upon exiting the restroom in the ShopRite on Veteran’s Road, Giuliani is seen on security cameras being slapped on the back by a man identified as Daniel Gill, 39, from Staten Island. Giuliani, who is 78 years old, said in a press conference Monday that he was still in pain, has a “very sore back”, and that he could have fallen and died from the assault. “It was a very, very heavy shot. He could have easily hit me, knocked me to the ground and killed me,” he said. “He’s lucky he didn’t knock me down. Falling is extremely dangerous for an elderly person.”

While originally charged with second degree felony assault on an elderly person, the Staten Island District Attorney’s office downgraded the charge to several misdemeanors, and Gill was released without bail. “He hit me to knock me down and if that doesn’t merit jail time in New York, we’re in the Wild, Wild, West,” Giuliani said.

Giuliani says that Gill accused him of “killing women” and went on a long tirade, likely referencing Giuliani’s pro-life views, two days after the Supreme Court struck down Roe Vs. Wade.

Gill’s court date is scheduled for August 17.

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