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Trump Demands Ghostwriter Give Him Money, Stop Making Charitable Donations

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been involved in over 5,000 lawsuits as either a defendant or plaintiff, many of which have also involved his current or former employees.

Now there's another former employee he may fight in court: his former ghostwriter.

Ghostwriter Tony Schwartz came forward on Monday and apologized for writing The Art of the Deal, saying it should have been called The Art of the Sociopath. Trump responded at the time with little more than disappointment, but we probably should have guessed it wouldn't end there.

From The New Yorker:

Jason D. Greenblatt, the general counsel and vice-president of the Trump Organization, issued a threatening cease-and-desist letter to Schwartz. [...] In it, Greenblatt accuses Schwartz—who has likened his writing of the flattering book to putting “lipstick on a pig”—of making “defamatory statements” about the Republican nominee and claiming that he, not Trump, wrote the book, “thereby exposing” himself to “liability for damages and other tortious harm.”

Greenblatt demands that Schwartz send “a certified check made payable to Mr. Trump” for all of the royalties he had earned on the book, along with Schwartz’s half of the book’s five-hundred-thousand-dollar advance.

Schwartz has committed to donating royalties from sales of the book he wrote to the National Immigration Law Center, Human Rights Watch, the Center for the Victims of Torture, the National Immigration Forum, and the Tahirih Justice Center.

Rather than make those donations, Trump's legal team is demanding that Schwartz hand the money over to Trump.

We all know Donald Trump is not as charitable as he claims to be, but this is really on the nose.

  • ffakr

    There’s clearly a sharp legal mind behind these arguments..

    “Mr. Schwartz, your claims that you wrote the Art of the Deal are false, defamatory, and actionable! We demand that you return all of the money you were paid up front for the book that you did not write, as well as all the royalties you have been receiving over the past twenty years for the same said book that you absolutely did not have anything to do with.
    Further, should you not immediately prepare a certified check to reimburse the holder of the greatest business mind in modern history.. for all those payments that said business genius inexplicably made to you for work that you absolutely did not do,.. we will file suit in the appropriate venue and Mr. Trump will tell everyone that you’re a doody-head. My client has emphatically stated that “Doody-Head Schwartz will be exposed to the World as the hugest, worst doody-head and I’ll do it in the biggest, most luxurious way that only I can do..”. “

  • muselet


    “Yes, Mr Trump?”

    “Sue that bastard Schwartz!”

    “For what, sir?”

    “I don’t care! Just sue him!”

    “If we sue him without cause, we’ll get laughed out of court. Sir, please put down the letter opener.”

    “Give me one reason I shouldn’t fire you.”

    “I wrote your prenup for Melania. Back to Tony Schwartz, though. I can send him a cease-and-desist letter.”

    “What will that achieve?”

    “About as much as suing him without cause. But it’ll be cheaper.”

    “Maybe I can reach out to my associates in the building industry. Crazy Vito and his crew always could change people’s minds.”

    “Sir, I strongly advise against a mob hit.”

    “You’re no fun at all this morning. Fine, send your damned letter.”

    “Already done, Mr Trump. Will there be anything else?”

    “Yeah, send Christie in. I’m in the mood for McDonald’s.”