RICHMOND COUNTY, NY. (THECOUNT) — Rudy Giuliani was the victim of a surprise attack while visiting a Staten Island ShopRite Sunday.

Giuliani, 78, was shopping at the store when suddenly a 39-year-old man, later identified as a ShopRite employee, slapped him on the back Sunday.


Giuliani was speaking with a group of shoppers inside the store, when an employee approached the ex-mayor and slapped him on his back. Giuliani was in town campaigning for his son Andrew, who is running for governor of New York.

Per the New York Times:

An account shared by police said the unnamed suspect greeted Giuliani with, “What’s up, scumbag?”

“All of a sudden, I feel this, ‘Bam!’ on my back,” Giuliani told the Post. “I don’t know if they helped me not fall down, but I just about fell down, but I didn’t.”

“I feel this tremendous pain in my back, and I’m thinking, what the—I didn’t even know what it was,” he continued. “All of a sudden, I hear this guy say, ‘You’re a f*cking scumbag,’ then he moves away so nobody can grab him.”

Surveillance footage obtained by the Post shows Giuliani getting a firm pat that certainly took him by surprise.

“And he says, ‘You, you’re one of the people that’s gonna kill women. You’re gonna kill women,’” Giuliani said, alluding to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on Friday. “‘You and your f*cking friend are gonna kill women.’

The man has since been arrested, and will allegedly be charged with second-degree assault involving a person over age 65.


Geo quick facts: Staten Island is the southernmost of New York City’s 5 boroughs. It is connected to Lower Manhattan via the Staten Island Ferry, which runs across New York Harbor. Staten Island Zoo is home to kangaroos, birds of prey and snakes. The Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden features flower beds, Greek revival buildings and art galleries. Its grounds also include the Staten Island Children’s Museum – wikipedia.