New York Mayor Eric Adams (D) has not sided with one of the people who used to have his job, Rudy Giuliani when the former mayor claimed he was struck “very hard” at a Staten Island supermarket.

Surveillance footage of the incident showed that the employee did smack his back, but it was much lighter than his initial description of the blow feeling like “a boulder hit” his back. Giuliani had also claimed that he was nearly knocked off his feet by the slap.

While speaking at a Tuesday press conference, Adams commented on the situation by saying the New York City District Attorney, “has the wrong person that he’s investigating. To falsely report a crime is a crime. If that video wasn’t there, then this person would’ve been charged with punching the former mayor.”

Adams added that “It was clear that he wasn’t about to fall to the ground,” from the strike. He also said the footage proved “that he had a lot of creativity and sensationalism that caused this person to be arrested,” calling Giuliani’s conduct “irresponsible.”


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The employee in question, 39-year-old Daniel Gill, was reportedly detained by the NYPD on Sunday and was released soon afterward with another court date set for August 17. Giuliani said Gill called him a “scumbag,” and theorized his pro-life beliefs are what motivated Gill to confront him.

In the wake of the video’s release, Giuliani suggested that its footage was “a little deceptive” but didn’t clarify how.

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