ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Donald Trump filed a $500 million lawsuit against Spanish-language network Univision after the company decided to terminate its contract with Trump’s Miss Universe Organization and not broadcast the upcoming Miss USA pageant.
Univision decided that it would not air the pageant after comments Trump made when he announced his campaign for the presidency. Trump said that immigrants coming from Mexico to the U.S. were bringing “crime” and “drugs,” were “rapists” and not Mexico’s best. He stood by those comments on Monday, when he called NBC — who said it would not air the Miss USA pageant — “weak.”
“Nothing I stated was different from what I have been saying for many years,” Trump said in a statement Tuesday. “I want strong borders, and I do not support or condone illegal immigration.”
Trump’s statement also explains the lawsuit. “As a consequence of their inappropriate actions,” Trump says, “Univision and NBC have abandoned fifty one wonderful young women who have come from all over the United States to pursue their dream of being crowned Miss USA.”
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