The US president Donald Trump told the reporters that he won’t apologize to the Central Park five, after a reporter asked him whether he’d issue an apology to the five men who spent years in prison before a serial rapist admitted to the attacks, Trum said “Why do you bring that question up now? It’s an interesting time to bring it up,”
“You have people on both sides of that. They admitted their guilt. If you look at Linda Fairstein (prosecutor) and if you look at some of the prosecutors, they think that the city should never have settled that case so we’ll leave it at that.”
At the time of the case, Trump took out a full-page ad in several New York papers, spending some $85,000 calling for the teenagers to be executed for the assault. Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, and Korey Wise were convicted of the attack and sentenced to some seven to 13 years, respectively,
“BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY. BRING BACK OUR POLICE!” the ad read.
“I want to hate these murderers and I always will. I am not looking to psychoanalyze or understand them, I am looking to punish them.”
In 2002, Matias Reyes, a serial rapist already serving life in prison came forward to admit to the attack. After DNA evidence confirmed Reyes account, the teens’ sentences were vacated in 2002 and they settled a wrongful conviction lawsuit with the city of New York in 2014 for $41 million.