Trump answered questions for 4 hours in a deposition for a lawsuit alleging his bodyguards beat up protesters outside Trump Tower

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  • Former President Donald Trump sat for a long-delayed deposition on Monday.

  • He was deposed in a lawsuit accusing his guards of beating up protesters at a September 2015 rally.

  • Trump answered most questions posed to him over the course of four hours, the plaintiffs’ lawyer told Insider.

Former President Donald Trump sat for a deposition Monday in Manhattan’s Trump Tower, answering questions for four hours as part of a lawsuit brought over an altercation between his security guards and protesters, according to the plaintiffs’ attorney.

“We expect to present Donald Trump’s deposition testimony to a jury at trial, and we think that today’s proceeding is a good example for the public of how our institutions remain intact and that no one is above the law,” Benjamin Dictor, who represents the protesters and questioned Trump for the deposition, told Insider.

A group of protesters filed the lawsuit in New York state court in 2015, saying Trump Organization guards attacked them at a rally outside of Trump Tower in September 2015. They named the security guards as defendants, as well as the Trump Organization and the Trump campaign.

The lawsuit moved slowly through the courts during Trump’s presidency as he argued he should receive immunity from testifying in the case.

The issue was ruled moot once he left office in January. Earlier in October, State Supreme Court Justice Doris Gonzalez ordered Trump to sit for a deposition, a video of which may be used in a jury trial.

Trump answered most of the questions posed to him, according to Dictor, who is also an attorney for the NewsGuild of New York, which represents Insider Union members. Dictor said he expects to ask Gonzalez to force Trump to answer only “a handful” of questions that he didn’t answer in the deposition.

“We were able to complete our examination of Mr. Trump and there are only a handful of questions that we may submit to the court for a ruling as to whether or not they need to be answered,” Dictor said.

The protesters’ lawsuit is one of many civil actions against Trump now making their way through the courts.

Another New York state judge has ordered Trump to sit for a deposition before Christmas in a lawsuit brought by former “Apprentice” contender Summer Zervos, who alleges the former president sexually assaulted her in 2007, then defamed her by saying she lied about it.

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