- The man who slapped Rudy Giuliani on the back at a ShopRite is getting his charges dropped.
- Daniel Gill will not be punished if he stays out of legal trouble for six months.
- Gill is seen on video touching Giuliani on the back with his open hand at a Staten Island ShopRite.
The man accused of assaulting Rudy Giuliani at a Staten Island ShopRite will have the charges dropped within six months if he doesn’t violate the law within that time frame.
CBS It was reported Wednesday that the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office has put the case on hold pending dismissal. That means Daniel Gill — a ShopRite worker who was fired from his job after a confrontation with Giuliani in June — won’t be punished if he stays out of trouble with the law for six months, according to CBS.
According to CBS, Assistant Richmond County District Attorney Darren Albanese said in court Wednesday that Gill “violated a basic social contract that’s a lesson we’re taught when we’re young — keep your hands to yourself.” However, he added that it is “extremely difficult” to prove that Gill physically assaulted Giuliani by slapping him on the back.
“As we have maintained since earlier this year, Daniel Gill, who had no prior contact with the criminal legal system, did not commit a crime, and this finding, which will ultimately result in the dismissal of the case entirely, reflects that fact.” said Legal Aid Society on Twitter on Wednesday. The team is currently representing Gill in the lawsuit.
The incident involved Gill slapping Giuliani on the back as he walked past her in the store. The former New York mayor later called into a radio show Curtis Sliwa, former New York mayoral candidateAlleging that Gill’s back slap appeared to be “a shot”.
“I mean, let’s say I’m a frail 78-year-old, and I hit the ground, crack my skull and die,” Giuliani told Sliwa.
however, Footage of the incident was published by the New York Post Giuliani did not appear to lean forward or lose his balance after the slap. The video shows Giuliani standing upright and pointing at the man.
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ShopRite’s parent company said Gill has been “suspended pending” the matter. Gill was initially arrested on a felony charge of assault in the second degree, but was later released without bail on a lesser misdemeanor charge. The Legal Aid Society said Giuliani exaggerated the incident.
Giuliani did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.