“Because the settlement agreement was based on and induced by fraud,” Mr. Boutrous concluded, “it cannot be enforced — and cannot bar publication of Ms. Trump’s book.”
According to Simon Schuster, Ms. Trump’s book will show her family’s “dark history” in an effort to explain how Donald Trump “became the man who now threatens the world’s health, economic security and social fabric.” In his filing on Thursday night, Mr. Boutrous added that Ms. Trump, a clinical psychologist, would “speak to the president’s character and fitness for office.”
While the details of the book remain a secret, the manuscript is likely to delve into the simmering family tensions that have divided the Trumps for years.
Ms. Trump’s father, Fred Trump Jr., turned his back on his own father’s real-estate business, becoming permanently estranged from him, to work for Trans World Airlines. He suffered from alcoholism and died in 1981 at age 42.
When Fred Trump Sr. died in 1999, he all but cut out Fred Trump Jr.’s children, Mary Trump and her brother, Fred Trump III, from his will, leaving them only a small cash bequest. Ms. Trump and her brother contested the will and sued Donald Trump and his siblings, arguing that they poisoned Fred Trump Sr. against them and coerced him to change how he distributed his fortune.
In the nasty court fight that ensued, Donald Trump and his brother and sister at one point cut off the medical benefits to Fred Trump III’s infant child, who was born with severe health issues that required expensive and intense care.
The legal battle was resolved in 2001 with the settlement agreement in which Ms. Trump and Fred Trump III sold their interests in various family holdings to their uncles and his siblings for an undisclosed sum. A confidentiality clause — the scope of which is now in dispute — was included in the document.
Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/03/us/politics/mary-trump-book-publication.html