Mary Trump, the author of the recent tell-all bestseller Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created The World’s Most Dangerous Man, has filed a lawsuit in state court in New York today, according to CNN.
The case, which names Donald Trump not in his capacity as President, but as a private citizen, accuses not just Donald but also his recently deceased brother Robert (through his estate) and Donald’s sister, retired judge Maryanne Trump Barry, of conspiring to defraud her of an inheritance she was rightfully entitled to upon the passing of her grandfather.
While quite a few of the accusations were already made in the book, the lawsuit she’s just filed makes her grievances official and seeks to remedy them.
Mary alleges that her uncles and aunt, working together with an unnamed number of other individuals within the family’s circle of influence — including a trustee who was appointed to protect her interests, since she was 16 at the time of her grandfather’s death — conspired to give her a “stack of fraudulent valuations,” or false reports about what her grandfather’s assets were worth, and essentially forced her to sign a settlement — again, as a teenaged girl — which “fleeced her of tens of millions of dollars or more.”
From the court filing:
Rather than protect Mary’s interests, they designed and carried out a complex scheme to siphon funds away from her interests, conceal their grift, and deceive her about the true value of what she had inherited.”
The accusation of fraud is almost personal in nature, however. It signals that these family members personally inflicted harm on Mary through deceit. Her lawsuit does not, however, overlook the technical crimes they committed, accusing them of also “breaching their fiduciary duty and committing negligent misrepresentation.”
I wouldn’t call it necessarily schadenfreude to hope that Mary sues the pants off the Trumps and gets every penny she deserves. And with Donald’s track record of losing lawsuits, it seems relatively likely that Mary might prevail.
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