Daniel Gill was still wearing his ShopRite uniform when he was arraigned Monday in Staten Island on misdemeanor charges of assault in the third degree, menacing in the third degree and harassment in the second degree.
According to prosecutors, Gill called former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani an expletive after smacking him on his back inside the ShopRite grocery store, located in the Charleston neighborhood, on Sunday.
He was released on his own recognizance by Judge Gerianne Abriano. The next court date is Aug. 17.
The smack caused Giuliani “to stumble forward” and caused “redness, swelling and substantial pain to the back and left side of his body,” according to the complaint filed by the Staten Island district attorney.
The Legal Aid Society, which is representing Gill, said he has worked at the store for four years and had no intention of causing the former mayor any physical injury.
Giuliani was campaigning on behalf of his son, a Republican candidate for New York governor, police said.