Trump on apologizing to Central Park 5: 'They admitted their guilt ... So we'll leave it at that'

David Caplan
June 18, 2019 - 6:36 pm
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WASHINGTON (1010 WINS/AP) -- President Donald Trump is refusing to apologize to the five men wrongly convicted of rape in the 1989 Central Park Five case, saying "they admitted their guilt.''

Prior to boarding Marine On on Tuesday, a reporter asked Trump, "Mr. President, will you apologize to the Central Park 5?  They've been exonerated. There have been videos and movies shown about the case, and you came out with a full-page ad saying that they should die, that they should have the death penalty.  Do you apologize?"

The president shot back, "Why would you bring that question up now?  It's an interesting time to bring it up."

The reporter explained, "There's movies and everything about them."

"You have people on both sides of that," Trump said. "They admitted their guilt. If you look at Linda Fairstein, and if you look at some of prosecutors, they think that the city should never have settled that case.  So we'll leave it at that."

Trump took out full-page newspaper ads at the time calling for five to receive the death penalty.

The five black and Hispanic men were teenagers when they were convicted. They said their confessions were coerced.

Their convictions were vacated in 2002 after evidence linked a serial rapist to the crime.

New York City reached a roughly $41 million settlement with the five without admitting wrongdoing.

Trump says some prosecutors believe the city should never have settled in the case.