Judge Tosses Out Lawsuit To Block Mary Trump's Tell-All Book

Brenda Watkins
June 28, 2020

Mary Trump's book, "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man", is scheduled to be released July 28.

The Thursday ruling by Judge Peter Kelly at the Queens County Surrogate's Court came just a few days after Robert Trump, the president's younger brother, filed a legal claim stating that Mary Trump would be violating a nondisclosure agreement if her book were published. Trump was already considering to file a lawsuit on his niece for breaking a confidentiality agreement that she signed on following the litigation of Fred Trump Sr.'s will back in 2001 as part of a settlement.

"We hope this decision will end the matter", Boutrous tweeted.

"Democracy thrives on the free exchange of ideas, and neither this court nor any other has authority to violate the Constitution by imposing a prior restraint on core political speech", Boutrous tweeted.

Charles Harder, an attorney representing Robert Trump, told TheWrap that they will be filing a new lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court.

Mary L Trump is Donald Trump's elder brother's daughter; the brother passed away in 1981.

In the book, Mary details "a nightmare of traumas, destructive relationships, and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse".

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It's also likely to shed some interesting light on one of the more embarrassing revelations surrounding the president: the New York Times reported that Mary Trump's book is expected to say she was "a chief source" for the newspaper's coverage of the president's finances, "and that she provided the newspaper with confidential tax documents".

"We look forward to publishing Mary L. Trump's 'Too Much and Never Enough, ' and are confident we will prevail should there be further efforts to stifle this publication", spokesperson Adam Rothberg said.

"She explains how specific events and general family patterns created the damaged man who now occupies the Oval Office, including the unusual and harmful relationship between Fred Trump and his two oldest sons, Fred Jr. and Donald", the online description says.

The New York Times was first to report the news of the temporary restraining order.

Citing the NDA, President Trump has said that his niece is "not allowed to write a book" and behind the scenes was reportedly involved in discussions about taking legal action against it.

Mary Trump, 55, is a psychologist. In the case of Mary Trump's book, its contents remain closely guarded by the publisher.

"As the plaintiff and his attorney well know, the courts take a dim view of prior restraint, and this attempt to block publication will meet the same fate as those that have gone before", the company said in a statement.

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