Judge blocks release of tell-all book by Donald Trump niece

Elias Hubbard
July 3, 2020

Robert argues Mary must comply with a written agreement among family members who settled a dispute over Fred Trump's will by agreeing that a book about them can not be published without their permission.

Greenwald earlier Tuesday agreed to a preliminary injunction against niece Mary L. Trump and publisher Simon & Schuster.

Ms Trump, 55, is the daughter of President Trump's elder brother, Fred Trump Jr, who died in 1981.

Robert Trump's attorney didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment on the allegations of fraud in Mary Trump's filing.

"Justice Alan Scheinkman's ruling, however, put off addressing a central aspect of the bitter spat about the manuscript that has been roiling all month in the Trump family: whether, by writing the book, Ms. Trump violated a confidentiality agreement put in place almost 20 years ago after a struggle over the will of her grandfather, Fred Trump Sr., Donald Trump's father", the report said. The judge's order basically forbids the publishing of the book or the leaking any of its contents pending further judicial proceedings.

Published accounts of the book's contents say it contains an "insider's perspective" of "countless holiday meals" and family interactions and family events, along with personal observations by Mary Trump, a psychologist, about her "supposedly toxic family", according to the court papers.

"Robert Trump is very pleased with the New York Supreme Court's injunction against Mary Trump and Simon & Schuster", Charles Harder, Robert Trump's attorney, said in a statement.

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"We will immediately appeal". On May 25, Judge Peter Kelly of the Queens County Surrogate's Court in NY rejected Robert Trump's attempt to prevent the tell-all's publication, saying that his filings

Simon & Schuster quickly celebrate the decision as a win in a statement on Wednesday night calling the book a work of "real interest and importance" that "fully deserves to be published for the benefit of the American public". While Mary Trump had agreed in that settlement that she or her agent could be subject to penalty if it was violated, Scheinkman said he did not find that Simon & Schuster qualified as her agent because it was not party to the original agreement.

Her book is called "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man".

Judge Hal Greenwald of Dutchess County Supreme Court in NY said he was temporarily stopping publication while arguments were considered.

"I relied on false valuations provided to me by my uncles and aunt, and would never have entered into the Agreement had I known the true value of the assets involved", she said. Now her book describes a "nightmare" of family dysfunction.

The book is also expected to reveal that Mary was the source of a New York Times investigation into the President in 2018 which demolished his image as a self-made man. He added that he believed a similar finding was necessary for Mary Trump, "based on the First Amendment and basic contract law".

Simon & Schuster published The Room Where It Happened, former national security adviser John Bolton's tell-all memoir which a federal judge declined to block.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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