Trump International Hotel in Panama has become a violent scene in recent days as a months-long dispute between the Trump company and one of its business partners boiled over into physical violence. Police in riot gear arrived at the luxury hotel and condominiums Wednesday to intervene in the conflict.
A legal dispute between the president’s firm and the building’s majority owner turned violent in recent days as the two sides vied for control of the property in a series of physical confrontations.
In one video obtained by ABC News, a man identified as a Trump Hotels employee can be seen hurling another man down a narrow hallway on Tuesday. According to the Associated Press, this latest scuffle marks at least the fourth time the police have been called to the property in the last week.
The property's new majority owner, Orestes Fintiklis, wants to remove Trump's name from the site and partner with a new property management firm.
In a lawsuit filed in a U.S. District Court, Fintiklis accused the president's company of using bullying tactics to keep the property owners from ending its contract, which Trump previously disclosed awarded his company $810,000 in management fees.
According to the complaint, Trump was trying “to create a circus by threatening Plaintiffs (and others) with baseless fraud and conspiracy claims that entirely lack merit and have already been rejected by the Panamanian courts.”
“In other words,” the lawsuit says, “Trump is being Trump.”
President Trump's company released a statement following reporting of skirmishes by the Washington Post last week:
The Trump Organization issued a two-page statement addressing the conflict and accusing Fintiklis of enlisting “a rogue private security team and others” to launch “a coordinated attack to physically take over the management of the Hotel.”
“When that effort failed,” the Trump Organization statement says the owners “resorted to thug-like, mob style tactics, repeatedly attempting to force their way into Trump Hotels’ offices, infiltrate and disrupt its computer systems and threatening and intimidating any employee of the Hotel that resisted.”