Billionaire Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took a break from the campaign trail yesterday as he reported for jury duty in New York.
Trump, the front-runner in a crowded Republican field, appeared in Manhattan Supreme Court to join fellow New Yorkers to possibly be selected to cast a verdict in a trial.
Arriving in a black limo, Trump, 69, was greeted by a throng of reporters and television crews numbering around 100 people. He signed an autograph and fist-bumped a supporter before heading into the courthouse.
The real estate mogul’s service came after a state judge in March fined him $250 for failing to respond to summonses to serve jury duty five times since 2006.
Trump’s representatives say the fine was waived and that the prior summonses had been sent to a wrong address.
Michael Cohen, an executive vice president and special counsel to the Trump Organisation, said if Trump had received the notices, he would have complied.
“Any assertion that Mr Trump doesn’t take his civic responsibilities seriously is absolutely false,” he said.
Trump joins a long list of celebrities to report for jury duty in the New York courts in recent years, following pop star Madonna, ambassador and daughter of former president John F Kennedy Caroline Kennedy, and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.
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