An all-embracing book by President Donald Trump’s niece cannot be published until a judge decides the substance of the president’s brother’s allegations that its publication would violate a pact among family members, a judge said Tuesday.
Hal B. Greenwald, a New York State Supreme Court judge in Poughkeepsie, New York, issued an order requiring the niece, Mary Trump, and her publisher to explain why they should not block the book: “Too much and never enough : how My family created the most dangerous man in the world. A hearing was held on July 10.
The book, which will be out on July 28, is written by Mary Trump, the daughter of Fred Trump Jr., the president’s older brother, who died in 1981. An online description of it says it “reveals a nightmare of trauma, destructive relationships.” , and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse. ‘
The judge prohibited “publishing, printing, or distributing any book or parts of it” before deciding on the validity of Robert S. Trump’s allegations.
Robert Trump argues that Mary Trump must comply with a written agreement between family members who have resolved a dispute over Fred Trump’s will that a book about them should not be published without their permission.
Mary Trump’s lawyer, Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., and her publisher Simon & Schuster immediately promised to appeal.
“The court’s temporary restraining order is only temporary, but it is still a previous limitation of the nuclear speech that violates the First Amendment bluntly,” Boutrous said.
“This book, which addresses issues of overriding public interest and concern about a sitting president in an election year, should not even be repressed for a day,” Boutrous said in a statement.
Adam Rothberg, a spokesman for Simon & Schuster, said the publisher was disappointed, but looks forward to “getting the upper hand in this case based on established precedents regarding previous restraint.”
Charles Harder, Robert Trump’s lawyer, said his client was “very satisfied.”
He said in a statement that the actions of Mary Trump and her publisher were “really objectionable.”
“We look forward to handling this case vigorously and will seek the maximum remedies available for the massive damage,” he said. “Without corrective measures to immediately end their rude behavior, we will pursue this matter to the end.”
In court documents, Robert Trump claimed that Mary Trump was part of a settlement that included a confidentiality clause that explicitly stated that they “would not publish any account of the lawsuit or their relationship” nearly twenty years ago unless they all agreed. .
Associated Press writer Michael Balsamo contributed to this Washington report.
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