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Man sets himself on fire outside Trump trial courthouse in New York

Former President Donald Trump arrives at Manhattan criminal court in New York
Former President Donald Trump arrives at Manhattan criminal court in New York Copyright Maansi Srivastava/Maansi Srivastava/The New York Times
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By Euronews with AP
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A man set himself on fire outside the New York courthouse where Donald Trump's historic hush-money trial was taking place on Friday.

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A man set himself on fire outside the New York courthouse where Donald Trump’s historic hush-money trial was taking place.

Nearby onlookers rushed forward to douse the man with a fire extinguisher and bat the flames away. He was then brought away on a stretcher by emergency services.

The fire occurred in a park across from the courthouse where Trump's trial jury is being selected.

Trump has pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records as part of an alleged effort to keep salacious – and, he says, bogus – stories about his sex life from emerging during his 2016 campaign.

The trial is expected to last for six weeks.

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