For reportedly hitting former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on the back inside a grocery store, a ShopRite employee in Staten Island was detained on Sunday.
Giuliani was hit on the back by a 39-year-old male employee, according to the NYPD and FOX 5.
The event took place around 3:30 pm in Staten Island’s Charleston neighborhood.
“All of a sudden, I feel this, ‘Bam!’ on my back,” Giuliani told The New York Post, claiming to have nearly fallen over from the contact. “All of a sudden, I hear this guy say, ‘You’re a f—ing scumbag,’ then he moves away so nobody can grab him.”
He was arrested after being accused of slapping Giuliani. His name and any potential accusations were kept a secret.
At the scene, Giuliani reportedly declined medical assistance.
The former mayor went out on the campaign trail supporting his son Andrew, who is running for governor of New York in the Republican primary.
“Innocent people are attacked in today’s New York all of the time. This particular incident hit very close to home. The assault on my father, America’s Mayor, was over politics,” Giuliani’s son Andrew said in a statement. “We will not be intimidated by left-wing attacks. As governor, I will stand up for law and order so that New Yorkers feel safe again. This message has resonated with voters throughout my campaign, leading up to Tuesday’s primary.”