NYC Mayor likens Giuliani to ‘Central Park Karen’ for ‘falsely reporting a crime’ over back-slap
New York City Mayor Eric Adams compared Rudy Giuliani to the infamous “Central Park Karen” for “falsifying” after claiming a Staten Island grocery store employee nearly knocked him to the ground.
Giuliani, 78, who was mayor of NYC from 1994 to 2001, claimed that ShopRite employee Daniel Gill, 39, tapped him on the back during a campaign stop on Staten Island. The politician and Trump’s closest ally claims he could have died from the incident, saying the blow felt like a “boulder.”
Gill can be seen on security footage patting Giuliani on the back during a campaign stop for his son Andrew Giuliani, who was running for governor of New York State.
He is said to have said to the former mayor, “What is it, motherfucker?”
Adams, 61, is now calling on the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office (RCDA) to shift its focus from Gill to the former NYC mayor.
‘Just like we have done in other cases’ [like in] the Karen incident [that] happened in Central Park and other incidents, I think the district attorney should look at that when determining what the final outcome is,” Adams said on Wednesday, according to the report. New York Daily News (NYDN).
The incident the mayor is referring to is when Amy Cooper attacked birdwatcher Christian Cooper, 59, at The Ramble in Central Park in 2020. She was nicknamed “Karen” — a term used to describe white women — after she called the police and Cooper threatened her and her dog.
As in Giuliani’s case, there was video evidence suggesting her claims were untrue.
New York Mayor Eric Adams, 61, accused former Mayor Rudy Guiliani, 78, of filing a false police report and compared him to the “Central Park Karen,” who falsely claimed that a black man killed her in the 2020s. park threatened. there was no band, imagine what would have happened to that man?’ Adams questioned on Wednesday’s Daily Show
Giuliani called Adams an “idiot” and said the NYPD filed the police report, not him. However, Adams claimed that the Republican spoke in detail about the attack against the police and should be charged with ‘false reporting of a crime’
“I told the DA, listen, she has falsely reported a crime, she needs to be arrested. He has falsely reported a crime and the DA should take that seriously,” Adams continued The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Wednesday. ‘That person [Daniel Gill] he falsely reported that he had spent 24 hours in jail. That is not acceptable.
‘All theatrical ones’ [Giuliani] done, that is not acceptable. if it wasn’t for that tape, imagine what would have happened to that man?’
Adams also joked with Noah in the show’s opening segment that his “handshake” was a seizure, but the host “just didn’t get it yet.”
The RCDA originally charged Gill with assault, but it has since been downgraded to a felony charge.
Giuliani has not been charged and it is unclear if he will be. DailyMail.com has contacted the RCDA for comment.
Daniel Gill spent 24 hours in jail for the incident and was originally charged with assault, which was later reduced to a felony
Gill (bottom left) can be seen touching the former mayor (center) on the back
The Republican – who described Adams as an “idiot” earlier this week – claimed he “had not filed a report” and therefore would not be charged.
‘Can you imagine? He wants to sue me for a false police report that I did not file,” Giuliani said, according to the NYDN. His police have filed a report. They did the research.’
However, Adams claimed that his predecessor had indeed spoken to police, which NYPD sources have confirmed to the NYDN. Adams said Giuliani was videotaped making the “serious allegations” of events that “didn’t happen.”
“Due to his report to the police, one person was jailed for 24 hours,” Adams said at an unrelated news conference on Wednesday.
Adams called his predecessor “irresponsible” for “sensationalizing” the interaction.
Speaking about the crime on a Facebook Live feed, Giuliani, who also worked on Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign, said Gill’s touch “felt like a boulder.”
“His intent was to cause serious damage,” Giuliani said in a Facebook video. “I could have fallen and cracked my skull and died.”
The grainy black and white store security video shows the ex-mayor from behind, a group of people around him. Gill enters from the bottom of the frame and pats Giuliani on the back.
The former mayor turns as Gill continues to address him as he walks by, then quickly disappears from the screen.
Giuliani said Gill scolded him for “killing ladies,” a reference to the ex-mayor’s pro-life stance.
The ex-city leader said the blow to his back threw him forward and nearly knocked him down.
Giuliani said he turned to a retired detective in the group and said, “Let’s arrest him. Let’s make an example of him.”
Adams didn’t have it. He said the video showed no attack.
“From what he said about a blow to the head, it felt like a bullet, from what he said there was a lot of creativity,” Adams said. “I think the prosecutor — he’s got the wrong person he’s investigating,” he said, repeating, “Wrongly reporting a crime is a crime.”
Gill was released without bail and declined to comment on the allegations, but his attorney’s version closely echoes what Adams saw.
“Given Giuliani’s obsession with seeing his name in the press and his demonstrated tendency to twist the truth, we’re happy to correct the record on exactly what happened over the weekend on Staten Island,” said Redmond Haskins spokesperson. Redmond Haskins.
Gill has been suspended from his grocery store job, according to ShopRite, pending termination.