A Boston street artist won a settlement against the Trump campaign after claiming a staffer threw him headfirst into a table during an event in 2015
- A street artist from Boston known for defacing a $120,000 banana artwork at Art Basel settled a case with the
Trump campaign. Rod Webberreceived $20,000 from the Trump campaign after claiming that a staffer shoved him headfirst into a table when he tried to ask a question at an event five years ago.
- The Trump campaign did not admit any fault, according to the
The artist, Rod Webber, received $20,000 in damages, according to the settlement document, which was dated December 23.
Webber is best known for defacing a $120,000 art exhibit - a single banana duct-taped to a wall - at Art Basel in Miami Beach in 2019. He wrote on the work in red lipstick "Epstien didn't kill himself."
The original complaint, filed in New Hampshire District Court, said that after Webber tried to ask Trump a question during a campaign event in New Hampshire in October 2015, a staffer, Edward Deck, "grabbed Plaintiff Webber from behind, dragging him."
It added that when Webber asked what was going on, Deck threw him "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 as a journalist," the complaint said.
Webber originally sought $5 million in damages.
Webber and the Trump campaign came to an agreement in which the campaign does not admit any fault, the settlement document said.
"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 document said.
The law firm representing Deck and the campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.