Saturday, December 5, 2015
Univision Asks Judge To Toss Trump Suit
On Friday, Univision formally asked a New York judge to dismiss the $500 million lawsuit that Donald Trump filed over the Spanish broadcaster's decision to terminate a five-year, $13.5 million deal to broadcast the Miss USA pageant, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Univision decided not to move forward with Miss USA after Trump, in his June 16 presidential announcement speech, spoke about Mexican immigrants, saying, "They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."
Today, Univision tells a judge that "through his diatribe, Trump destroyed the value of those broadcast rights, and neither Trump nor Miss Universe did anything to repair the damage in the aftermath of his speech. The widespread outrage elicited by Trump’s offensive comments was especially acute for Univision’s sponsors and predominantly Hispanic viewers, who made clear that they would not patronize a business connected with Trump."
In September, Trump sold the Miss Universe Organization to WME/IMG, but retained rights to assert claims against Univision. But even if he hadn't held onto the right to sue Univision over the Miss USA deal, the Republican presidential candidate has also asserted a defamation claim over an Instagram post by Univision Networks president of programming and content Alberto Ciurana. The social media post was a side-by-side portrait of him and South Carolina shooter Charleston, S.C., shooter Dylann Roof.
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