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January 24, 2006

Trump Sues Author For Defamation, For Five Billion (With a B!)

This is the most luxurious, most beautiful, most huuuuuuge defamation suit ever.

In the lawsuit, Trump alleges that O'Brien and Warner knowingly made egregiously false and malicious statements about Trump, his family, his personal life and his business dealings, including statements grossly misrepresenting Trump's net worth. Those defamatory statements included statements that O'Brien claimed were based on three purported anonymous sources with "direct knowledge" of Trump's finances, that Trump "was not remotely close to being a billionaire," and that his "net worth was somewhere between $150 million and $250 million."

The lawsuit alleges that in publishing these false statements, O'Brien and Warner deliberately chose to ignore, among other things, voluminous and comprehensive financial information that Trump made available to them prior to the publication of the book, which confirmed conclusively that Trump's net worth is in the billions of dollars. Indeed, Forbes Magazine rigorously analyzed the very same books and records and other financial data that O'Brien and Warner chose to ignore, and concluded that Trump's net worth conservatively is at least $2.7 billion.

You know he doesn't care about the family stuff or allegations of womanizing. It's only that knock on his net worth that bothers him.

Based on the Forbes analysis, seems like they've got this guy. I suppose there's room for different interpretations, but there's a a wide gulf between $200 million and $2.7 billion.

I like this:

Trump also added that the book was "terribly written."



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