Donald Trump Declares Himself Batman, Causes Media Circus at Jury Duty

by Raphael Chestang 5:21 PM PDT, August 17, 2015
Playing Donald Trump Declares Himself Batman, Causes Media Circus at Jury Duty

Donald Trump faced his day in court on Monday when he reported for jury duty -- except the former Celebrity Apprentice host was not selected.

The presidential hopeful shook hands and signed autographs for fans who had gathered outside of the State Supreme Court building in lower Manhattan, as he joined a reported 700 other citizens called as prospective jurors. He was later released without getting selected for trial.

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While Trump caused quite the spectacle outside, inside he was asked to file in line and pass through metal detectors just like everyone else.

"Donald Trump is a showman, and we've never quite seen this spectacle before in a presidential race," Variety's Ted Johnson told ET.

According to The New York Times, Trump failed to respond to previous summonses for court, but the billionaire businessman's special counsel, Michael Cohen, told the news source that those summons were not sent to Trump's residence but rather to properties owned by him.

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"Mr. Trump's failure to appear for previous jury requests was the result of the unified court system's error in the mailing address, and not Mr. Trump's refusal to uphold his civic duty," Cohen told NYT. "It is impossible to know if you are being asked to serve when the jury selection documents are sent to someone else's home."

Trump's court appearance came after a trip to Iowa on Saturday, during which he offered free rides on his helicopter to young children. In footage posted to his Facebook page, one boy asks Trump if he's Batman.

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"I am Batman," Trump declared, playing along.

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