- The man who slapped Rudy Giuliani on the back at ShopRite is being dropped.
- Daniel Gill will not be penalized if he stays out of legal trouble for six months.
- Jill is seen on video touching Giuliani’s back with an open hand at the Staten Island Shop Wright.
The charge for the man accused of assaulting Rudy Giuliani at the Staten Island Shoprite will be dropped within six months if he does not break the law within that time frame.
CBS On Wednesday, it reported that the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office case had been postponed due to contemplation of dismissal. That means Daniel Gill — a ShopRite worker who was laid off 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 on Wednesday that Jill “violated a basic social contract and it’s a lesson we learned when we were kids — keep your hands to yourself.” But he added that it was “extremely difficult” to prove that Gill physically injured Giuliani by slapping him in the back.
“As we emphasized earlier this year, Daniel Gill, who had no prior contact with the criminal legal system, committed no criminal act, and this finding, which will eventually lead to the dismissal of the entire case, reflects that reality.” He said Legal Aid Society on Twitter on Wednesday. The group currently represents Jill in the case.
The incident involved Jill slapping Giuliani on the back as he walked past him into the store. The former New York mayor later recalled a radio show he hosted Curtis Sliwa, former candidate for New York Cityclaiming that Jill’s slap in the back sounded like a “bullet.”
“I mean, I suppose I was weaker than I was 78, and I hit the ground, broke my skull, and died,” Giuliani told Sliwa.
but, Snapshots of the accident were published by the New York Post Giuliani was not shown bouncing forward or losing his balance after the slap. The video also showed Giuliani standing upright and pointing at the man.
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ShopRite’s parent company said Jill has been “suspended pending termination” over the matter. While Gill was initially arrested for felony second-degree assault, he was later released without bail on a lighter misdemeanor charge. The Legal Aid Society said Giuliani exaggerated the incident.
Giuliani did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.