Donald Trump Files $500 Million Lawsuit Against Univision Over Miss USA Contract

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Donald Trump has filed a $500 million lawsuit against Univision Communications after the company scrapped its planned telecast of the July 12 Miss USA beauty pageant as a result of Trump’s disparaging comments about Mexican immigrants.

The Miss Universe Organization said the suit was filed Tuesday in New York State Supreme Court. The complaint also cites Univision Networks programming president Alberto Ciurana as a defendant. Univision called the lawsuit “factually false and legally ridiculous.”

In a lengthy statement about the lawsuit, Trump reinforced some of the same beliefs that led Univision to drop the telecast. NBC on Monday severed ties with Trump after more than a decade of close association with the New York real estate developer. NBC also pulled out of the planned July 12 live telecast of the pageant, to be held in Baton Rouge, La.

Trump stirred outrage at a June 16 news conference announcing himself as a candidate for the GOP presidential nomination when he described many Mexican immigrants as criminals and “rapists.” Univision and NBC have condemned Trump’s statements and cited them as the reason for yanking the pageant telecast.

“Nothing that I stated was different from what I have been saying for many years. I want strong borders, and I do not support or condone illegal immigration. There is a high level of crime occurring in this country due to unchecked illegal immigration. This is a major security issue for the United States,” Trump said. “Additionally, the terrible trade deals our government is routinely entering into with Mexico are causing great financial harm to our country. We are losing a huge number of jobs, manufacturing opportunities and money due to poorly negotiated trade deals, a fact that is indisputable. That won’t happen if I become president— this disturbing trend will end, and it will end quickly.”

Univision was just at the start of a multi-year contract for the Spanish-language rights to the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. NBC is in the unusual position of pulling its own property as it has been a 50-50 owner of the pageant franchise with Trump since 2002. Televisa, a part owner of Univision and Mexico’s largest broadcaster, has also scrapped plans to carry the Miss Universe pageant.

“We just reviewed Mr. Trump’s complaint for the first time, and it is both factually false and legally ridiculous,” Univision said in a statement. “We will not only vigorously defend the case, but will continue to fight against Mr. Trump’s ongoing efforts to run away from the derogatory comments he made on June 16th about Mexican immigrants. Our decision to end our business relationship with Mr. Trump was influenced solely by our responsibility to speak up for the community we serve.”

In his statement on the lawsuit, Trump claimed he got a call from an unnamed “high-ranking” Univision executive apologizing for the company’s decision. Trump has previously asserted that the Spanish-language media giant acted under pressure from the Mexican government.

“I have great respect for Mexico and love for the Mexican people and their tremendous spirit! However, their leaders and trade negotiators are far smarter than those representing the United States, and our citizens and economy are suffering greatly as a result. We have to remedy the situation and do it fast. These have long been my views and I have the courage, unlike many others, to express them,” Trump said.

The complaint asserts that Univision and NBC are attempting to suppress Trump’s First Amendment rights by putting pressure on his business ventures. The complaint cites Univision’s ties to Haim Saban, a longtime supporter of fellow 2016 presidential contender Hillary Clinton. It notes that Trump “has dramatically risen in the polls while expressing critical views of Mrs. Clinton.”

Ciurana was cited in the complaint for having posted a picture on his Instagram account that compared Trump to Dylann Roof, the man charged with the slayings of nine African-Americans in a church in South Carolina. The post was later taken down, but not before it became “the subject of hundreds, if not thousands of press articles, yet another example of Univison’s dubious efforts to create a false narrative in an attempt to upset Mr. Trump’s longstanding personal and business relationship with the Hispanic community,” according to the complaint.

The suit also maintains that Univision CEO Randy Falco and others conspired to pressure NBC to cut ties with Trump. NBC’s decision came five days after Univision publicly severed its deal with Miss USA.

According to the complaint, Univision planned to pay out in full the $13.5 million value of its five-year contract with Miss Universe Organization. The deal called for Univision to pay a license fee of $2.5 million a year for the first three years, and $3 million a year for the final two years of the contract.

The suit seeks $500 million in damages for breach of contract, defamation and intentional interference with a contractual relationship.

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  1. Elefant Mann says:

    Trump will prevail in his lawsuit. Simple contract law has what reasons can be used to break the contract. I’m sure there was no clause that stipulated the contract can be broken because of what Trump said. The interesting part is the damage part. Trump has enough to show he was personally affected with Facebook postings etc. He might wind up owning Univision.

  2. Damita says:

    Trump is correct on all points. American citizens cannot even get jobs in their own country because our government pays employers $3,000.00 to hire hispanics and others instead. Those call centers that hire people who barely speak the language, social security information line, medicare line, all hire those who scarcely speak our language. Donald has my vote.

    • Sal U. Lloyd says:

      Not a Damita says: “Trump is correct on all points. American citizens cannot even get jobs in their own country because our government pays employers $3,000.00 to hire hispanics and others instead. Those call centers that hire people who barely speak the language, social security information line, medicare line, all hire those who scarcely speak our language.”

      1) I wasn’t aware that the Federal Government paid my local Walgreens $3000 a head to “hire hispanics.”

      2) I wasn’t aware that hispanics could NOT be American citizens.

      3) Those call centers are USUALLY staffed by Indians or Pakistanis–BOTH of which are former colonies of an English-speaking mother country.

  3. It is very likely that Donald Trump will win this lawsuit. What happens then ?

  4. Janet says:

    oh come on. We know these people aren’t criminals, except of course for coming into the country illegally{am I allowed to say that?} I am sure they aren’t bringing drugs to sell. Now just because they are desperate doesn’t mean they will do desperate things. And really any crimes committed could just as well be done by a legal American {argument made by another individual, just thought it was so wise I would repeat.} And the border being open doesn’t mean a terrorist could come in .And even if they do it’s not polite to say. No really why should they wait to come in like everyone else. Especially since the Latino community has so much power, cause that’s apparently all that matters.

  5. joseph b says:

    Donald is absolutely correct, these trespassers think they can cut in line come here a suck our taxpayers dry and that’s okay
    mexico is a country of ditch diggers and these illegals are nothing but a burden on mexico why do you think Mexico wants to get rid of them
    it’s time to right the wrongs, mexico must belly up to the bar and take responsibility for their own citizens not the U.S taxpayer, we need to remove the and roll back the anchor baby clause to the last ameisty they got and deport all of them, if they cry about separation of family that’s fine deport all of them and they can be together again in Mexico

    • Sal U. Lloyd says:

      LOL the American growers CANNOT find domestic help!!! That’s a fact, Joseph. Look it up! I’d like to see out there doing stoop labor. Even high school kids will not do this.

    • Robert Hay's says:

      Wow, that’s nice, lets do that, maybe there will be “American” people who are willing to work in the fields for the same pay they get, yes it is a good Idea to have “Americans” to take over there jobs so that you and I pay a hamburger with the lettuce and tomato’s that can cost maybe 10 times more than it cost now because I don’t think born “American” is going to want less than the minimum hr rate in most of the cases, I think they know how hard it is to be in the sun and they will want to get pay the big bucks so that the hamburger we get in Macdonald it will no longer cost $2.99 but what about $15 dollars a hamburger? Or maybe all the jobs that the “regular American” don’t what to do like cleaning toilets or what so ever and if they do they want to get pay allot more that what they are paying now… So yea you have a very smart Idea.

    • packattack69 says:

      Your right. Even if your claims are drastically exaggerated, let’s give up jobs for legal Americans to illegals just so you can enjoy a cheap (crappy) hamburger.

      • Robert says:

        Yea, I guess you are right, but the only problem is if we do throw this people back to Mexico who is going to want to do the field jobs? A legal American? I don’t think so, lets kip thinking what can we do with this people who we don’t want heir but we need them heir for the jobs we don’t want to do because we are “Americans” just because of that we deserve to get pay top dollars, that’s if we are willing to do the job.

  6. Diego quemada says:

    For you people claiming your an immigrant and earned your right blah blah blah your an idiot he wasnt talking about illegal immigrants he was talking about Mexico overall stop thinking your 100% American piche caras de nopales

  7. nurredin says:

    This isn’t going to go far because all entertainment contracts carry a “morality clause” that allows dismissal for anything that reflects negatively on the Network. or business enterprise.Most professional sports teams have the same clause.You disparage a race or a nationality and you’re out the door.There was nothing truthful in Trump’s statement that got him canned.The First amendment only guarantees your right to say something stupid,not stay employed after you’ve said it.

  8. Sal U. Lloyd says:

    UNIVISION drops his pageant. That’s their business decision. What? He suddenly doesn’t believe in the free market that he feels he has to sue in court???

  9. David Benjamin says:

    So is your tin foil hat, apparently. Sit down, stupid!

  10. David Benjamin says:

    Go ahead. Regardless, you support a dumb ass

  11. Sean Kennedy says:

    In Trumps law suit against NBC, he seeks $500 million in damages for breach of contract, defamation and intentional interference with a contractual relationship. I’m not an attorney however, it appears that NBC has the same allegations agents Trump, for breach of contract, defamation and intentional interference with a contractual relationship with Univision! Query, in the past when employees of a network make disparaging remarked vis a vis, gender, race or other statements including remarks unbecoming and detrimental to the network! Some of those individuals have been fired:

    Broadcaster Jimmy “the Greek.”: Jimmy made a comment to the effect that “The black athlete has an advantage in the NFL, cause of the extra muscle in their legs from running away from the animals in Africa”. The next week he was gone!

    Univision host Rodner Figueroa was fired Wednesday :After comparing first lady Michelle Obama’s appearance to that of someone from the cast of the “Planet of the Apes.” “Mind you, you know that Michelle Obama looks like she’s part of the cast of ‘Planet of the Apes,’ the film,” Figueroa said was fired by the Spanish-language network for remarks he made on-air Wednesday.

    Al Campanis: “Mr. Campanis’ statements on the ABC Nightline show Monday night were so far removed from the beliefs of the Dodger organization that it was impossible for him to continue in his duties. But pressure mounted as some African-American community leaders called for Campanis to be fired. Understandably, it was widely reported as a firing.
    Since April 6, 1987, every time a Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder, Marge Schott or Reggie White made insensitive, inflammatory remarks, the Campanis “Nightline” episode was invoked. And in all those years, people who knew Campanis and many more who didn’t have been trying to reconcile his agonizingly long and lamentable comments on the program with his actions before and after.
    Jian Ghomeshi “Q” radio host: has been fired from the CBC because they believed his “sexual behavior was unbecoming of a prominent host” on the public broadcaster.
    Fox Sports broadcaster Craig James: Was fired from his job covering college football after just one appearance, because of remarks he made on the campaign trail during his unsuccessful run for U.S. Senate back in 2011. Thou shalt not refer to homosexuality as “a choice” – at least not if you ever want to work for Fox Sports
    Susannah Collins: Comcast SportsNet Chicago reporter/anchor made an accidental name for herself Tuesday with a Freudian Slip that quickly went viral. By Thursday night, the Downers Grove native and University of Illinois graduate was off the air and out of a job. “Due to circumstances unrelated to her on-air remarks Tuesday night, Susannah Collins and Comcast SportsNet Chicago have parted ways. We appreciate everything Susannah has contributed to our network over the past year and wish her the best in her future endeavors.”
    Carrot Top Trump, is barking at the wrong dog, NBC Comcast is a bigger dog in this fight and in my humble; NBC Comcast has the legal right to fire Thumping Trump!

    • Sal U. Lloyd says:

      Very well put. Down here in San Diego he had one sports news host who was fired for making a stereotype joke at a colleague. And almost the same fate for ex Charger-sports radio commentator Hank Bauer for saying something about his Jewish-American co-host.

  12. Ruth Deutsch says:

    I know what Donald Trump’s “problem” is – he’s still an Apprentice when it comes to politics!

    • nerdrage says:

      I’m no lawyer, but it’s just common sense that NBC would have every legal right to cut ties with a buffoon who is grossly insulting a key demographic that is important to advertisers – who after all, pay the bills. NBC shareholders would be right to be angry at any other course of action since offended viewers and advertisers tend to exert negative pressure on share value.

    • David Benjamin says:

      Good one, Ruth!

  13. MYENGINEER says:

    Tha bully has a lot of nerve he is a total bully and should pull out of the race for U.S.A. PRESIDENT, he also hates N and Gays and who know who else.
    I hope the whole world comes down on him, and hard. he is KKK bully.
    A true reminder in 1776 the 4th of July was for 13 States of America, thanks
    to the Mexican Land AMERICANS ARE stronger and bigger here in America.

    • David Benjamin says:

      N and Gays ??? You know how I know you work for Trump, or support his dumb ass? Bcuz you refer to African Americans and homosexual as N and Gays! That’s not racist or homophobic at all…NOT!!!

    • Alex says:

      How do you know he hates blacks and gays? Scum like you is 100x worse then you say he is.

  14. Borges says:

    Well done. What Trump stated is simply the truth. I am an immigration and 100% Latino. But I worked hard to earn my education and privilege to immigrate here. I hope Trump put the screw on NBC legally and that serves as a lesson to bullies trying to play the race card. If Trump succeeds in this lawsuit, that should establish him even further as a fighter who knows how to put the hurt in bullies and his polls should rise even further.

    • A says:

      I agree with Trump. Any media will shame anyone speak the truth. They don’t want people standing up to speak the truth because the US is going backward now to first Salem witch hanging on Jun 10,1692. Take a good look at Juárez, Mexico, that place is a war zone. Juarez saw a record 3,116 homicides, or about 8 murders per day, . Their even news cover human body parts scattered the street or the parking lot. So what happen to the Supreme Commander of the Mexican armed forces. The current President is Enrique Peña Nieto, who took office on December 1, 2012. I don’t mean every Mexican is bad but their government is allowing this to happen. Now Mexico is pointing finger at Trump for speaking the truth, awhile their country is falling apart. So why is all the sudden Mr. Enrique Pena Nieto have any saying what US Presidential candidate have to say. Mexico can muzzle their own citizen but they cannot hush the people of United States.

    • Borges: you are NOT latino. Actually you are PAID by Trump to write here. Show you ID and we will believe. You are like one of those “actors” he hired for his announcement speech.

      • Sandy says:

        @Juan F.Hernandez – Trump is right. The border is out of control. Mexico, and southern countries are overwhelming the U.S. I am of a Native American and Mexican decent and I agree with Trump. Latinos in the southwest are seeing illegals taking advantage of American healthcare, schools, and affordable housing, and breeding gangs. We are a civilized country and there is a legal process people have to follow to live here. Mexico needs to be sanctioned. This problem can no longer be ignored. I will be proud to vote for Trump.

      • David Benjamin says:

        BORGES. .I have this topic saved. ….to be continued

      • Borges says:

        Hey Juan, sorry but it is up to you to believe whether I am Latino or prove otherwise. It is the truth and my testimony and experiences are legitimate. Listen, you guys supporting petition against Trump are a bunch of bullies. If he is successful in this lawsuit he will send you a message you should not be bullying. I wish you bunch of illegal aliens and anarchists against what the U.S. could be liable as well. I know that won’t happen, but at least if he can get NBC and Univision to pay that you will send all bullies a long awaited message. Great.

      • David Benjamin says:

        I was going to call bullshit on Borger too. “I am an immigration “?? WTF does that mean?? I’ll put out another Trump-et..SHOW US YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE, BORGES..or be called out out as YET ANOTHER paid for Trump lemming!

    • “Well done. What Trump stated is simply the truth.”

      Except the parts that weren’t.

      Like that he will bring all the jobs back to the US. Is he going to force private companies to do what the government tells them to do? Not exactly a Republican way to run the government.

      Is he going to ban companies from relocating subsidiaries in foreign locales? Not exactly a Republican way to run the government.

      Is he going to change the tax code so that US profits made overseas are taxed at a higher rate than those made here in US factories? Not exactly a Republican way to run the government.

      And his sole immigration policy is to what? Build a wall? What about the 11-12 million undocumented aliens living here now? What about the 50,000 undocumented Irish nationals living here illegally? Is he going to hunt them all down and deport them?

      Or is he going to rely on Mitt Romney’s proposal and ask them all to “self deport”?

      Yeah, Trump is a genius.

      • Borges says:

        David, if you can’t see how many Latinos are against illegal immigration I am sorry for you. Just because one is Latino it doesn’t mean you have to support illegal aliens, law breakers and anarchists sucking resources from the U.S.

      • Borges says:

        That was a typo. Obviously it should be immigrant.
        Regarding what his proposals that is another topic. He certainly has x100 more credibility in job creation than that loser Hillary and x1000 more credibility that pathetic Obama that you guys elected.

      • Absolutely Bob! the truth! The truth is he hates and creates this feeling masterfully! he is jealous of everybody including the richest man on earth that happens to be Mexican because he is 20 times richer than him. We are all WORRIED about Mexico crime, corruption and so forth… specially the border issues… ALL OF US: whites, blacks, hispanics, latinos, Mexicans, asians. His speech main intention was NOT to point out our safety here in our land. The objective was to offend and attack an important group of people that either have being here legally before you and your ancestors came here and those ones who came here legally and illegally that have hispanic culture origin. His speech was made from a TONE and connotation that creates hate, discrimination and negativity. The border issue or illegal immigration is the last thing Hispanic and non hispanic people is offended by. Only people with little higher IQ can understand that unless you feel xenophobic and feel that hispanics by group have no right to belong and own a piece of the land of the free.

  15. nigella4u says:

    You people who are all up in arms about illegal immigrants better be sure about your own back round. Unless you are a Native American, you’re because of immigrants. And if you thing every one of you is here because of “legal” immigration, I have a lovely bridge to sell you.

  16. Jacques Strappe says:

    The Donald trumped by his own stupidity. Words matter, especially if you are vying to be leader of the free world. If you are talking about illegal immigrants, you make damn sure you say illegal immigrants. He’s essentially a worthless, arrogant, windbag who loves to hear himself talk and is nothing but fodder for late night comics. Time to stick to what you know, Donald. The rest of us have yet to figure that out..

  17. David Benjamin says:

    I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure that the national crime rate has decreased..which has nothing to do with illegal immigration. Donald. ….you’re fired!

    • Kellen says:

      “You’re fired”– We have a creative genius over here. Anyone trying to be funny saying “You’re fired” is a comedic hack. David, spend a little time in a Mexican border town and tell me how safe you feel.

      • I have. San Ysidro, San Diego, Otay Mesa, El Paso, and Larado.

        Most of the dangerous spots are hazardous because of the drug trade, not because of illegal immigration.

        Notice that Trump only mentioned drugs as a problem beginning in Mexico? In Trumpland, Americans don’t consume drugs. Mexicans just bring them here to stash them for safe keeping.

        The wacky world of Trumpland.

  18. roundthemupandsendthemhome says:

    YES!!!! I’m with Trump. It is time to stop the madness of the unchecked illegal alien invasion of our nation.

    • Trump won’t do anything more than any other president has done. Mexicans constitute a small proportion of the illegal population crossing the border now having been surpassed by Honduras, Guatemala, and San Salvador. The reason for the reduction in Mexicans immigrating to the US isn’t the stronger enforcement efforts at the border, it is because of the better employment opportunities at home – a result of the free trade deals that Trump claims he wants to reverse.

      Trump is an idiot who bloviates about his wonderful economic experience, but the man is a trainwreck that would end up doing worse damage than Obama has created. He fancies himself a new Reagan, but the Gipper was a freetrader – something Trump spent nearly an hour in New Hampshire convincing everyone that he most certainly isn’t.

  19. Harley says:

    The author of this article neglects to mention that Mr. Trump was referring to illegal immigrants, not all immigrants from Mexico. Huge difference.

    • In his speech in NH he said Mexicans. He did mention illegal aliens, but he didn’t mention any other nationality except Mexicans. The video is available on youtube and is an official release from his campaign.

      He isn’t backing away from his statements about Mexicans either, so I’m not sure why you find it necessary to defend him.

      • @Michael

        Illegals pay Social Security taxes they will never recover. Most do not get any services because they have no legitimate identification. They pay excise taxes, gas taxes, property taxes (indirectly through rent) and sales tax.

        As for the risk factor, Canada has experienced the only other ISIS attack other than the US, but everyone is freaking out about the Mexican border.

        Risk analysis seems to be your strong suit. Produce something that makes Mexico worth getting excited about (other than drugs, which is a failure of drug policy in this country).

      • Michael says:

        What else do you want him to mention, Canadian illegal immigration? Who else shares such expansive connected borders with the U.S.? If you can come up with another country who is a bigger problem when it comes to illegal immigration, do tell!

      • @RememberTheAlamoIts

        ” ISLAMONAZICOMMUNISTFASCISTS”…. blah, blah, blah…..

        Of course, the only attacks by Islamic radicals in countries bordered by the US occurred in a country at the OTHER border.

        You know: the northern one.

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