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Woman Trampled in Michael Jackson Stampede Can Sue Trump

March 9, 1996

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) _ A 79-year-old woman who was trampled by fans of Michael Jackson at the 1990 opening of Donald Trump’s Taj Mahal casino can sue the real estate developer for allegedly using poor judgment.

Angela Fante of Philadelphia was trying to make her way over to the video poker machines just as Trump and Jackson came out of an elevator, setting thousands of the pop superstar’s fans into a frenzy.

Moments before, Trump, deciding the crowd was too big, stayed on the elevator with Jackson.

``They saw the horde of people, yet Donald Trump decided, let’s make a second attempt,″ said Fante’s attorney, John D. Borbi. ``It was a mistake.″

Fante was knocked to the ground and suffered a concussion. She filed an injury lawsuit, claiming she continues to suffer from headaches, neck sprains, and anxiety.

In 1994, however, a state judge cut short her jury trial and dismissed the charges, saying her lawyer had not proven that casino security had mishandled the situation.

A state appeals court Friday ruled the trial judge, Charles Previti, had erred, and ordered that Fante can proceed with the lawsuit.

Borbi said Fante and her husband are seeking unspecified compensation for her medical care and pain and suffering, but not punitive damages.

Borbi’s request to force Trump to take the stand was rejected, which the lawyer called a setback. ``He is the only one who made the decisions,″ Borbi said. ``He controlled the entire situation.″

Taj Mahal lawyer David Lieberman was not available for comment Friday, his office said.

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