The man who slapped Rudy Giuliani on the back during a ShopRite has had his charges dropped. Daniel Gill will not be penalized if he avoids legal trouble for six months. Gill was seen on video touching Giuliani in the back with an open hand at a Staten Island ShopRite. Something is loading.
The man accused of assaulting Rudy Giuliani at a Staten Island ShopRite will have the charge dropped in six months if he does not break the law within that time.
CBS reported Wednesday that the case from the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office has been adjourned for remand. That means Daniel Gill — a ShopRite employee who was suspended from his job after meeting Giuliani in June — won’t be penalized if he stays out of trouble with the law for six months, according to CBS.
According to CBS, Richmond County Assistant District Attorney Darren Albanese said in court Wednesday that Gill had “violated a basic social contract that’s a lesson taught when we’re young — keep your hands to yourself.” However, he added that it was “extremely difficult” to prove that Gill caused physical injuries to Giuliani by slapping him on the back.
“As we have maintained since the beginning of this year, Daniel Gill, who had had no prior contact with the criminal justice system, committed no criminal act, and this result, which will ultimately dismiss the case in its completeness, reflects this reality,” he added. the Legal Aid Society said on Twitter on Wednesday. The group is currently representing Gill in the case.
The incident involved Gill slapping Giuliani on the back while walking past him in the store. The former New York mayor later called out on a radio show hosted by Curtis Sliwa, a former New York City mayoral candidate, alleging that Gill’s slap on the back sounded like “a gunshot.”
“I mean, suppose I was a weaker man of 78, and I hit the ground, my skull cracked open and I died,” Giuliani told Sliwa.
However, footage of the incident published by the New York Post does not appear to show Giuliani lunging forward or losing his balance after the slap. The video also appeared to show Giuliani standing and pointing at the man.
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ShopRite’s parent company said Gill had been “suspended pending termination” over the matter. While Gill was initially arrested on a felony second-degree assault charge, he was later released without bail on a reduced misdemeanor charge. The Legal Aid Society said Giuliani exaggerated the incident.
Giuliani did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.