Daniel Gill, the ShopRite employee who allegedly slapped Rudy Giuliani on the back is facing multiple criminal charges now. Gill, who was caught on video “slapping” Giuliani, is being charged with assault with intent to cause physical injury, second degree harassment, and third degree menacing.
Gill was working at the ShopRite in Staten Island, New York last Sunday. Rudy Giuliani was present and campaigning for his son, Andrew Giuliani. Andrew is running for governor of New York.
Gill allegedly walked up behind the former mayor, slapped Giuliani on his back, and said, “What’s up, scumbag?”
“I walk to the men’s room, I come out of the men’s room, a group of people are around me hugging me, kissing me, telling me Andrew is great and all of a sudden I feel a shot on my back like somebody shot me.”
The Legal Aid Society Claims Giuliani Is “Distorting” The Truth
Daniel Gill is being represented by The Legal Aid Society, who is claiming that Rudy Giuliani is exaggerating. They released the following statement on Monday:
“The charges facing Daniel Gill, who has no previous contact with the criminal legal system, are inconsistent with existing law. Our client merely patted Mr. Giuliani, who sustained nothing remotely resembling physical injuries, without malice to simply get his attention, as the video footage clearly showed.
“Mr. Gill was then followed and threatened by one of Mr. Giuliani’s associates who allegedly poked Mr. Gill in the chest and told him that he was going to be ‘locked up’. He was then needlessly held by the NYPD in custody for over 24 hours.
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“Given Mr. Giuliani’s obsession with seeing his name in the press and his demonstrated propensity to distort the truth, we are happy to correct the record on exactly what occurred over the weekend on Staten Island.”
Giuliani claims that he almost fell forward after the “slap,” but caught himself due to his unusually buff 78-year-old prowess.
He told WABC, “Lucky I’m a 78-year-old in pretty good shape, because if I wasn’t I’d have hit the ground and probably cracked my skull.”
A ShopRite spokesperson told CNN he was “aware of an incident instigated by a store associate involving former Mayor Rudy Giuliani took place at the ShopRite of Veterans Road on Staten Island earlier today.” They said that “security observed the incident, reacted swiftly and the police were notified. We have zero tolerance for aggression toward anyone.”
Daniel Gill was shortly released on a personal recognizance bond and has no previous criminal history or history of assault. He is due back in court on August 17.