NEW YORK (MEDIA GENERAL) – Presidential hopeful Donald Trump has filed a $500 million lawsuit against Univision after the network terminated its contract with The Miss Universe Organization and chose not to broadcast the upcoming Miss USA pageant.
Univision dumped the contract after Trump’s comments about Latinos on June 16 when he announced he is running for president.
“The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems,” Trump said. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”
The lawsuit says Univision is contractually required to broadcast the pageant and the network is taking a politically motivated stand to suppress Trump’s freedom of speech.
Trump has doubled down on his statement, saying he is “correct.”
Several others have ditched Trump following his remarks. Miss USA co-hosts, dancer Cheryl Burke and MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts, have withdrawn from NBC hosting duties, while Colombian singer J Balvin canceled his planned performance at the Miss USA pageant. On Monday, NBC formally ended its business relationship with Trump and is following Univision’s move to not air the Miss USA pageant. The business mogul also threatened his former employer with legal action.
Trump released a statement after NBC’s decision, calling the network “weak.”
“NBC is weak, and like everybody else is trying to be politically correct,” Trump said. “That is why our country is in serious trouble. They will stand behind lying Brian Williams, but won’t stand behind people that tell it like it is, as unpleasant as that may be.”