Donald Trump To Sue Univision For Dropping Miss USA Pageant, Says Lawyer

Donald Trump To Sue Univision For Dropping Miss USA Pageant, Says Lawyer | PakistanTribe.com

Donald Trump To Sue Univision For Dropping Miss USA Pageant, Says Lawyer | PakistanTribe.comNEW YORK – Donald Trump, the billionaire real estate executive and co-owner of the Miss Universe Organization, is planning to sue U.S. Spanish-language TV network Univision for dropping coverage of the Miss USA pageant, which he partly owns, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen said in a statement that “We intend to pursue all legal rights and remedies available to Mr. Trump pursuant to the terms of the license agreement as well as a defamation case against Univision.”

Univision said on Thursday that it would not air the Miss USA pageant on July 12 because of what it called insulting remarks by Trump about Mexican immigrants.

During his speech last week announcing his candidacy for the U.S. Republican presidential nomination, Trump accused Mexico of sending rapists and criminals to the United States.

“They’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing their problems,” he said. “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some I assume are good people, but I speak to border guards and they tell us what we are getting.”

Univision has said it would also sever ties with the Miss Universe Organization, a joint venture between Trump and Comcast-owned NBCUniversal.

In an interview with Fox News on Thursday and then in his tweet on micro-blogging website, Twitter, Trump said he had a signed contract with Univision.

“Of course I have a signed contract: five years, they have to pay me almost $15 million,” he said. “They can’t do this.”

 

 

U.S. TV network NBC has the rights to broadcast the English-language version of the Miss USA pageant. Univision had planned to simulcast the event in Spanish for the first time.

In addition to nixing the pageant, Univision said it would not work with any projects tied to the Trump organization.

On Thursday, an unrepentant Trump said the Mexican government had pressured Univision to sever ties with him because he had exposed problems on the southern U.S. border and in trade deals with the United States.

 

“Mexican leadership has been doing serious damage to the United States by out-negotiating our representatives and political leaders,” Trump said in a statement.

 

Earlier today Donald Trump has tweeted that “I love Mexico but not the unfair trade deals that the US so stupidly makes with them. Really bad for US jobs, only good for Mexico.”

 


Univision said its local news division would continue to cover all candidates, including Trump, who are vying for the U.S. presidency.

Univision was taken private by a group of buyout firms, including Madison Dearborn Partners, Saban Capital, Providence Equity Partners, TPG Capital and Thomas H. Lee Partners, for $12.3 billion in 2007.


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