NEW YORK, N.Y. – Calling a $500 million Donald Trump lawsuit “beyond frivolous,” Univision has struck back at claims by the Republican presidential candidate that it unjustly broke a contract with him to broadcast beauty pageants.
Univision lawyers filed papers in Manhattan federal court Friday responding Trump’s July lawsuit. The lawyers said Trump destroyed the value of Univision’s rights to broadcast the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants when he made “inflammatory comments” about Hispanics when announcing his presidential campaign.
The lawyers noted that Univision was the leading media company serving Hispanic America when Trump made comments that outraged Mexican Americans, Mexican immigrants and Hispanics.
Trump’s lawsuit claimed breach of contract, defamation and First Amendment violations.
A lawyer for Trump said Univision “wilfully breached their contract” and caused his clients “to suffer significant damages.”