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Judge in Trump University Lawsuit Blocks Release of Trump's Video Testimony

Trump's attorneys said the video would be used to tarnish the campaign.

In this May 23, 2005 file photo, real estate mogul and Reality TV star Donald Trump, left, listens as Michael Sexton introduces him at a news conference in New York where he announced the establishment of Trump University. One day after Trump accepted the Republican nomination for president of the United States, his lawyers will be in court to try to get a lawsuit dismissed alleging that the business mogul defrauded customers who took courses with false promises of teaching success in real estate at the now-defunct Trump University. Lawyers for Trump will appear Friday, July 22, 2016, before U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel to argue that a lawsuit against the nominee lacks merit. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge in San Diego who has been a target of Donald Trump's repeated criticism has blocked the release of videos of the Republican presidential nominee testifying in a lawsuit about the now-defunct Trump University.

Judge Gonzalo Curiel (Image source: YouTube)

U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel in a ruling Tuesday denied the request from news organizations that wanted full transcripts and video of Trump's recent depositions. Curiel says that while there was legitimate public interest in viewing Trump's demeanor in the footage, there was greater potential for harm because of the media scrutiny it was expected to generate.

Trump's attorneys said the video would be used to tarnish the campaign.

Curiel came under attack by Trump in May after he permitted the release of unrelated documents in the class-action lawsuit.

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