Judge temporarily blocks tell-all book by President Trump's niece

  • Judge temporarily blocks tell-all book by President Trump's niece

Judge temporarily blocks tell-all book by President Trump's niece

President Trump's brother secured a court order Tuesday temporarily blocking the publication of a book by his and the President's niece.

The temporary restraining order prevents the release of the 240-page book until at least a July 10 court hearing that will see Mary Trump and her publisher, Simon & Schuster, defend its publication.

In the filing, Robert's attorney reportedly requests that the court stop Mary's book from being published because it allegedly violates a 2001 confidentiality agreement she signed with the rest of the Trump family.

A NY judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked the publication of Mary L. Trump's scathing book about President Donald Trump, her uncle, which describes him as the "world's most unsafe man", saying no copies can be distributed until he hears arguments in the case. The order sets the stage for more proceedings on the matter next month.

"The notion that seven members of the Trump family each mutually agreed to be gagged forever from speaking out about their "family relationships" is absurd", said Mary Trump's lawyer, Theodore Boutrous. He added: "This book, which addresses matters of great public concern and importance about a sitting president in (sic) election year, should not be suppressed even for one day".

"We look forward to vigorously litigating this case, and will seek the maximum remedies available by law for the enormous damages caused by Mary Trump's breach of contract and Simon & Schuster's intentional interference with that contract", Harder said.

Mary Trump was ordered to explain by July 10 why the judge shouldn't issue a longer-lasting injunction against the book, sought by the president's brother, Robert Trump, who filed the lawsuit.

"We are disappointed that the Court has granted this Temporary Restraining Order", Simon & Schuster spokesperson Adam Rothberg said in a statement.

Charles Harder, Robert's attorney who has also represented the president, said his client was "very pleased" with the order. "We plan to immediately appeal this decision to the Appellate Division, and look forward to prevailing in this case based on well-established precedents regarding prior restraint".

Mary Trump was slated to publish the book on July 28.

The lawsuit states that when Trump's father Fred Trump died in 1999, there had been objections over the will.

The book, which will be published by Simon & Schuster, says it will reveal "a nightmare of traumas, destructive relationships, and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse". You can get more details right this way, but basically, they asked for 1/5 of their grandfather's estate, and in response to the lawsuit, Trump allegedly cut off health insurance for Fred's son, saying, "When [Trump III] sued us, we said, 'Why should we give him medical coverage?'"

In his ruling, Greenwald did not discuss the specifics of the arguments of either side. He said it will be up to Mary Trump and the publisher to show why an order to block the book should not be made.