- Giuliani said he felt he was being “shot at” after a supermarket employee hit him on the back.
- Giuliani said he “could have hit the ground” and fractured his skull had he not been fitter.
- Footage of the incident, however, showed a man hitting Giuliani on the back before continuing on.
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Footage has surfaced of what former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani called a seizure that could have resulted in him falling, fracturing his skull and dying.
Giuliani was at a ShopRite supermarket on Staten Island when he claimed to have been attacked by a man. Giuliani had campaigned for his son Andrew to run as a GOP candidate in the New York governorship race.
Giuliani later mentioned a radio show hosted by former New York mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa to talk about the incident. The former mayor said he had just left the store’s men’s room and was overtaken by a group of people who were “hugging” and “kissing” him when the attack took place.
“I feel a shot in the back as if someone shot me. I went forward, but luckily I didn’t fall down,” said Giuliani.
“The guy says words I can’t repeat. You do something. And then he goes on and on and on and on and on and on yelling and yelling, he goes away yelling and yelling. Things like ‘You’re going to kill women.’” Giuliani said, adding that the man was a ShopRite employee who looked “drunk or high.”
“I mean, suppose I was a weaker 78-year-old and I fell to the ground, broke my skull and died,” the former mayor said.
Giuliani made similar claims to The New York Times about the incident.
“My back hurts, but I can walk and things like that,” he told The Times, adding that he had “red spots” on his back after the incident.
“We will not be intimidated by left-wing attacks,” Giuliani’s son, Andrew Giuliani, told NBC after the incident. “As governor, I will stand up for law and order so that New Yorkers feel safe again.”
In footage of the attack released by The New York Post, Giuliani does not appear to swing forward or fall after being struck on the back. The video also appeared to show Giuliani standing up and pointing his finger at the man confronting him.
The Times reported that the man involved in the Giuliani incident was a grocery store worker at the Charleston ShopRite that Giuliani visited.
New York police told The Times that the 39-year-old employee punched Giuliani on the back while saying, “What’s up, motherfucker,” adding that the investigation into the matter was ongoing.
Axios reported that the unnamed man will face a second-degree assault charge for the incident.