State Supreme Court Judge Doris Gonzalez ordered Trump to appear for deposition Monday morning at the Trump Organization headquarters in New York, “or in case of illness or emergency,” at another date agreed before the end of the month.
CNN has contacted Trump’s lawyers for comment.
The deposition comes two years after a New York Court of Appeals judge stayed an earlier ruling ordering Trump’s deposition.
“After the defendants have spent years struggling unsuccessfully to prevent Donald Trump from testifying under oath, we will testify in this case on Monday. We look forward to bringing this case, including Mr. Trump’s video testimony, to the jury at his trial, ”said Benjamin N. Dictor, counsel for the plaintiffs.
The litigation revolves around a 2015 lawsuit by a group that describes itself as “Mexican-born human rights activists” protesting Trump’s immigration rhetoric outside the Trump Tower in September of that year. .
The men allege that then Trump’s security chief Keith Schiller hit one of the protesters, Efrain Galicia, on the head after Galicia tried to prevent Schiller from taking their large cardboard signs, who said, “Trump: Make America Racist Again. “
The lawsuit alleges that when Galicia tried to cling to one of the panels, Schiller ripped it off, tearing it to pieces.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs wanted to question Trump to determine if he was responsible for the conduct of his employees outside of Trump Tower that day.
The decision is at least the second time that a judge has ordered Trump to sit for deposition since he left office, after Trump successfully postponed several lawsuits while he was president.
Earlier this month, another New York judge ordered Trump to answer questions under oath by December 23 in the libel lawsuit brought by former “The Apprentice” competitor Summer Zervos . Zervos accused Trump of defamation when he denied his allegations of sexual assault. Trump has denied the assault.