Just as he promised, Donald Trump has sued Univision for $500 million for dumping Miss USA over his views about Mexican immigrants.
In the suit filed on Tuesday at the New York State Supreme Court, Trump says the Spanish language broadcaster violated an iron-clad, 5-year old contract by pulling the plug on Miss USA. He is also suing the network’s President of Programming Alberto Ciurana for defamation, saying that the latter went on Instagram June 25 to compare him to Dylan Roof, the 21-year old white supremacist responsible for the deadly Charleston AME church shooting earlier this month.
Furthermore, Trump claims that the whole thing is not actually about his comments about Mexicans, but about the fact that Univision owner Haim Saban is a key ally of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her campaign fundraiser. According to the suit, Univision is trying to ‘suppress’ his freedom of speech because he has been rising in the polls while criticizing her views.
Trump also mentioned in the suit that on June 25, Univision tried to buy their way out of the iron-clad contract with a $13.5 million license fee payout, but when that offer was rejected, the network announced in a public statement the same day that they are severing ties with him.
Trump has also promised to sue NBC for dumping Miss USA on Monday. That suit is yet to come.