A Trump supporter who said he was brutally beaten for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat is turning to the courts to seek justice.
The man’s injuries are readily apparent in photos, leading many to express shock over such brutality for little more than walking down a street while showing support for the president.
According to a lawsuit filed by Jahangir Turan, he was set upon by a “dangerous, unruly and belligerent group” in July because of his MAGA hat and was left with “brutal injuries,” the New York Post reported.
The group of about 15 to 18 people attended an “ABC Angels Club pop-up” event and began insulting him for wearing the hat, the lawsuit contends — one person allegedly knocked the hat off his head, while two others smashed Turan’s “head and face into the metal scaffolding.”
Turan, 42, who owns a New York City art gallery, said he was left with a fractured eye socket.
“One girl flipped my hat, and within five to eight seconds, I got pushed from the back of my face, and my face hit the scaffolding pole. I got startled, I walked away,” he told ABC affiliate WABC-TV.
“It’s kind of ridiculous to get beat up like this for wearing a hat,” Turan added.
He reportedly bought the MAGA that same day at Trump Tower with the intention of keeping it in his home, telling WABC-TV that “it’s dangerous to wear a hat like this in New York City.”
The defendants include photographer and fashionista Anna Bloda, an event organizer, building owners United American Land and Wallplay, a gallery that hosted the event, according to The Post.
Citing “gross negligence,” Turan said the defendants are “directly responsible” for the attack by the “as-of-yet unnamed assailants.”
The unknown attackers, listed as John and Jane Does, are also targets of the lawsuit, with Turan hoping to learn their identities as part of discovery during trial, the paper reported.
More on the lawsuit from The Post:
The “ABC Angels Club” event was a “carefully curated” skateboard-inspired showcase for various hip labels, including Bloda’s own “Bloda’s Choice,” the papers say. It is not clear why other artists selling at the event are not being sued.
The lawsuit insists that “these ‘pop-up’ stores pose a danger to their neighborhoods” because there is “little to no oversight” while they “attract unruly attendees and often involve illegally served alcohol.”
Turan is asking for a jury trial and is reportedly seeking unspecified damages for his “substantial injuries, pain, suffering, and emotional distress.”
Bloda, who moved from Poland seven years ago, told The Post she has nothing to do with the attack and has nothing against Trump supporters.
She also told the paper she is a starving artist unable to pay any damages.
“I’m broke. I’m an artist hardly surviving in New York,” Bloda said. “I don’t know what happened. I don’t know these people. They were a bunch of skater kids who had nothing to do with me, and they all refused to say who was responsible because they were loyal to each other.”
“Someone got out of control — I feel bad, but it’s nothing to do with me,” she insisted, adding that everyone who drank at the event was over the age of 21.
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