Rudy Giuliani was slapped on the back at a Staten Island grocery store while campaigning for his son on Sunday, the former mayor and New York police said.
Driving the news: The New York Police Department told Axios in a phone call that a 39-year-old suspect from Staten Island has been arrested and will face a charge of second-degree assault in connection with the incident of ShopRite.
What he says : All of a sudden, I feel this, ‘Bam!’ on my back,” Giuliani told the New York Post, which obtained footage of the slap on the back from Trump’s former lawyer.
- “I feel this excruciating pain in my back, and I think, what the — I didn’t even know what it was,” he told the Post. “I hear this guy say, ‘You’re a fucking asshole,’ then he walks away so no one can catch him,” Giuliani added.
- He told The New York Times he had “red marks” on his back but was not bleeding. “My back hurts, but otherwise I’m able to walk and stuff like that,” he said. “He nearly knocked me down. Thank goodness for a 78 year old, I’m in pretty good shape.”
To note: “The only thing he said that was political was ‘you’re going to kill women, you’re going to kill women,'” Giuliani told the NYT, in reference to a comment he made about the decision to the Supreme Court quashing Roe v. Wade on Friday that effectively ended federal abortion protections.
- The initial NYPD account didn’t mention the abortion, but said a man punched Giuliani in the middle of the back saying, “What’s up, you bastard?” the NYT notes.
The big picture: Giuliani told the NYT he plans to hand out flyers supporting his son, Andrew Giuliani, ahead of Tuesday’s Republican primary for governor of New York.
- Representatives for Giuliani did not immediately respond to Axios’ request for comment.
Editor’s note: This article has been updated with a commentary from the NYPD, additional commentary from Giuliani, and more context.