A man set himself on fire outside the courtroom where former President Donald Trump is facing charges in a hush money case, a witness said.


The person set himself on fire after 1 p.m. Friday in the designated protest area outside of the trial outside the courthouse in lower Manhattan, according to a witness. The fire was put out minutes later, leaving a smoky scene outside court as a gaggle of reporters and witnesses looked on.


Further information was not immediately available. The man was taken away by EMS. His condition was not clear.


It came as a full jury of 12 people and six alternates had been seated in the case against Trump, the first criminal trial of a former U.S. president. Trump has pleaded not guilty to the charges.


The trial will place Trump in a Manhattan courtroom for weeks, forcing him to juggle his dual role as criminal defendant and political candidate against the backdrop of his tightly contested race against President Joe Biden.


This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.


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Source: NBC New York



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