President Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging she was ousted from the family business and the president and his siblings cheated on her of tens of millions of dollars over the past few decades.
The lawsuit was filed in a state court in New York City to seek unspecified damages.
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“Fraud wasn’t just a family business – it was a way of life,” the lawsuit said.
The lawsuit alleged that the president, late brother Robert Trump, and a sister, former federal judge Maryanne Trump Barry, portrayed themselves as protectors of Mary Trump while secretly taking their stake in the family̵
According to the lawsuit, the president and his siblings devalued Mary Trump’s interests, which included hundreds of homes in New York City, by millions of dollars even before Donald Trump’s father, Fred Trump Sr., died in 1999.
After his death, Mary Trump and her brother filed a complaint against the will, and the President and his siblings “increased the pressure” to settle by cutting off health insurance for them. The suit described the action as “unfathomable cruelty”.
Meanwhile, the lawsuit found that the Trump family had produced fraudulent accounting and financial reports that misrepresented the value of Fred Trump Sr.’s estate at $ 30 million or less when they pressured Mary Trump to to accept an agreement.
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“In reality, Mary’s interests were worth tens of millions of dollars more than what the defendants made for her and what she received,” the lawsuit said.
Mary Trump’s attorneys did not say how much she ultimately received, citing the confidentiality clause in settling the dispute over Fred Trump Sr.’s will, but based on the numbers presented in the lawsuit, it seemed unlikely that they would receive more would have been worth several million dollars.
The lawsuit comes after Mary Trump published a comprehensive treatise, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Made the Most Dangerous Man in the World.” The book hit shelves on July 14th.
Prior to the book’s release, the President’s brother Robert Trump, who died last month, filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction and injunction to prevent the book from getting out.
Robert Trump had claimed that Mary Trump was barred from writing about private family matters because of a nondisclosure agreement she signed as part of a settlement over her inheritance.
The book highlighted, “Like Donald [Trump] acquired twisted behaviors and values ”, including“ financial worth is the same as self worth; People are only valued in monetary terms. “It is advised against taking responsibility for your mistakes and“ cheating as a way of life ”.
“In addition to the first-hand reports I can give as my father’s daughter and only niece of my uncle, I have the perspective of a trained clinical psychologist,” wrote Mary Trump in the prologue. “Too much and never enough” is the story of the most visible and powerful family in the world. And I’m the only Trump ready to tell. “
Maria Patronich of Fox News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.