Washington Gadfly

Trump And Univision Settle Miss Universe Lawsuit

(REUTERS/Rick Wilking)

Evan Gahr Investigative Journalist

Donald Trump and Univision settled Thursday his $500 million lawsuit against the Spanish language media company for dropping his Miss Universe pageant after he complained about Mexican criminals illegally crossing the border into the United States.

The terms were not disclosed but both parties were all kissy-kissy Thursday despite his acrimonious breach of contract claim that accused Univision of bowing to pressure from part-owner and key Hillary Clinton donor Haim Saban to cut him loose.

But Trump said in a statement that, “I have known Univision’s President and CEO Randy Falco for more than 20 years and I’m glad we are able to put these differences behind us.”

Falco was equally conciliatory. “I have known Donald Trump for many years in both a personal and professional capacity and we are pleased to settle this matter and move forward,” he said.

But Univision was quite combative last June when Trump filed his New York State Supreme Court complaint, calling it both “factually false and legally ridiculous.”

“We will not only vigorously defend the case, but will continue to fight against Mr. Trump’s ongoing efforts to run away from the derogatory comments he made on June 16 about Mexican immigrants,”
they said. “Our decision to end our business relationship with Mr. Trump was influenced solely by our responsibility to speak up for the community we serve.”

Just like Univision, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also zapped Trump for his thought crimes, vowing not to give him any more contracts with the Big Apple.  Although veteran civil libertarian Norman Siegel has repeatedly offered to help Trump sue NYC for violating his free speech rights Trump has not taken or threatened any action.