Univision today went to court to air its side in a high-stakes beef with Donald Trump, formally requesting dismissal of Trump’s $500 million lawsuit over the Miss USA pageant, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Trump filed the suit after Univision terminated a multiyear $13.5 million deal to broadcast the pageant, which was then owned by Trump.
As has been widely reported, the dispute between Trump and the Spanish-language broadcaster arose after Trump lashed out at Mexican immigrants in his announcement June 16 that he was running for president. Trump said of immigrants during his speech: “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
Trump sold off his interest in the Miss Universe Organization in September, but retained the right to pursue his claim against Univision.
THR reports that in today’s court appearance, Univision told a judge that “through his diatribe, Trump destroyed the value of those broadcast rights, and neither Trump nor Miss Universe did anything to repair the damage in the aftermath of his speech. The widespread outrage elicited by Trump’s offensive comments was especially acute for Univision’s sponsors and predominantly Hispanic viewers, who made clear that they would not patronize a business connected with Trump.”