- A street artist from Boston who’s known for having defaced a $120,000 banana artwork at Art Basel won a case against the Trump campaign.
- Rod Webber received $20,000 from a settlement agreement with the Trump campaign after claiming that one of Trump‘s campaign staffers had shoved him “head first into a table” when he had tried to ask a question five years ago.
- Webber and the Trump campaign have come to an agreement in which the latter party does not admit any fault, according to the settlement documents.
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President Donald Trump‘s campaign quietly settled an assault case brought by a Boston street artist who claimed that one of his staffers shoved him “head first into a table.”
The artist, Rod Webber, received $20,000 in damages, according to the settlement, which was decided on December 23.
Webber is best known for defacing a $120,000 banana art exhibit at Art Basel in Miami Beach in 2019. He wrote in red lipstick, “Epstien [sic] didn’t kill himself” across the work, which was a single banana duct-taped to a wall.
Webber, according to his original complaint, said he had tried to ask Trump a question during a New Hampshire campaign event in October 2015, in the middle of his presidential run. Webber’s complaint said he was thrown “head first” against a table by Edward Deck, one of Trump‘s campaign staffers who was identified in the complaint as “a Trump Security Officer.”
“Defendant Deck grabbed Plaintiff Webber from behind, dragging him,” the complaint said. “When Plaintiff Webber asked, ‘What’s going on,’ [Deck] threw Plaintiff Webber into a table, knocking it over, and then dragged him along the floor.”
“Defendant Deck wantonly and maliciously assaulted and battered Plaintiff Webber who was exercising his first amendment right,” the complaint, filed in the New Hampshire District Court, said.
Originally, Webber in the complaint wrote that he was seeking $5,000,000 in damages.
Webber and the Trump campaign have come to an agreement in which the latter party does not admit any fault, according to the settlement documents.
“The Parties desire to resolve their differences, including the Litigation, and have engaged in settlement discussions to seek a mutual resolution of all of Plaintiff’s claims against the Campaign Defendants by agreement, without any admission of liability, fault, wrongdoing, or violation by the Campaign Defendants,” the settlement says.
The law firm representing Deck and the campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In addition to the $20,000 settlement price tag, Webber agreed to release from liability all named defendants.
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fintech Zoom.