Rudy Giuliani insisted Monday that New York had turned into the “wild, wild west” after he was accidentally beaten by a worker at a Staten Island ShopRite while fighting for his son.
The 78-year-old former mayor of New York City said he was suffering from “very sore back” and “swelling” after a camera attack at the store on Sunday.
“He hit me to knock me down, and if that doesn’t deserve jail time in New York, we’re in the Wild, Wild, West,” Giuliani said during a virtual news conference.
Giuliani called for his alleged attacker to be prosecuted, saying he could have easily been killed if pushed to the ground.
“It was a very, very difficult shot. He could have easily hit me, knocked me down and killed me,” he said. “He’s lucky he didn’t punch me. Falls are extremely dangerous for an older person.”
Giuliani said he was not hospitalized after the ordeal, but that he plans to see his doctor later on Monday to make sure there were no “permanent injuries.”
The worker, Daniel Gill, 39, was taken into custody at ShopRite and charged with second-degree assault involving a person over 65, police sources told The Post.
Gill, who resides on Staten Island, had no prior arrests, the sources added.
“This guy should be in jail,” Giuliani said Monday. “If that had happened in Manhattan, he would already be out. He might be out already, but he shouldn’t be.”
Gill is scheduled to be arraigned in Staten Island Criminal Court on Monday.
The former federal prosecutor had previously told the Post he felt it was his duty to notify police of the alleged attack.
The incident happened on Sunday afternoon when Giuliani was visiting the store as part of his son Andrew Giuliani’s campaign for governor of New York.
The ex-cop said he had just emerged from the men’s restroom at the store when he was suddenly hit from behind.
Surveillance footage showed the man slapping Giuliani on the back before walking away.
Giuliani claimed the man who was working at the time then allegedly started saying the former mayor was “killing women” because of his anti-life stance on abortion.
The ordeal came two days after the US Supreme Court upheld Roe v. Wade had canceled in 1973.
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