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Caruso calls Trump an “angry human being,” may ban him from the Grove

Billionaire developer says he's just "not into" presidential candidate
October 12, 2016 08:30AM

Rick Caruso, Donald Trump and the Grove at 189 The Grove Drive

Rick Caruso, Donald Trump and the Grove at 189 The Grove Drive

Donald Trump might have a tough time catching a flick at the Pacific Theatres or shopping at Barneys in West Los Angeles this fall.

Rick Caruso, owner of beloved L.A. shopping and retail complex the Grove, told TMZ he’d consider blacklisting the presidential candidate from his signature property.

Caruso told a TMZ reporter Monday night that he’d “be happy” to ban Trump for his explicit remarks about women.

“That’d probably a good thing to do,” he said, leaving Craig’s of West Hollywood.

“If you want to be in public office, you’ve got to be compassionate, you’ve got to be a gentleman, you’ve got to professional, you’ve got to care about people. I just don’t see him being any of that. I think he’s actually a pretty angry human being. I’m not into that.”

Trump is not the first to have gotten on the wrong side of the billionaire real estate developer. Caruso told TMZ earlier this year that boxer Manny Pacquiao was no longer welcome at the retail center because of his comments comparing gay people to animals. But Caruso, a former active Republican, rescinded that ban Monday, when the same photographer told him Pacquiao has since apologized.

“Forgiveness is important,” he said.

Caruso is currently in the midst of redeveloping 116,000 square feet in downtown Pacific Palisades into another retail and entertainment complex. No word on whether Trump will be banned here as well.

Watch the video from Monday night,  below:

[TMZ]Cathaleen Chen