Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (R-N.Y.) spent two hours at a Washington law firm today, for a deposition in his lawsuit against celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian. The deposition was ordered by the judge in the case.
The case stems from Zakarian and Chef Jose Andres canceling plans to open restaurants inside Trump’s redevelopment of the Old Post Office building, located near the White House in Washington D.C.
The two celebrity chefs backed out of the project because of Trump’s derogatory remarks about Mexicans during his campaign announcement, including the infamous racist slur about Mexico sending criminals and rapists to the U.S.
Trump promptly responded by suing both chefs for breach of contract while both chefs have filed counter claims in turn. Even so, Zakarian doesn’t regret pulling out, and told Metro US,
“I’m very happy I did it. I sleep very well at night.”
Around 60 protesters from the gay rights group Human Rights Campaign, together with activists from the immigration organization, United We Dream, waited outside the law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, where the deposition took place.
The protesters were heard chanting slogans in English and Spanish, such as
“Love conquers hate … No more hate.”
Rainbow flags and multi-colored balloons spelling out the word “pride” were hanging in the windows of nearby buildings.
Reuters contacted Rebecca Woods of the law firm Seyfarth Shaw, who is representing Trump, for a comment, but she has not responded yet.
Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for Trump, and Deborah Baum of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, lead counsel for Zakarian, both declined to comment on the deposition.
Today’s deposition was part of a $10 million lawsuit, but Trump is also facing a controversial $40 million lawsuit by former students of Trump University, his real-estate training program.
Adrian Reyna, United We Dream’s director of membership, said according to Reuters, that by cancelling their collaboration with Trump, the celebrity chefs have chosen to create opportunities to do business with the immigrant community and others who oppose Trump instead,
“People in this country make choices about where to put their money, and business leaders need to pay attention.”
Trump’s business dealings have over and over again been putting him in unusual legal predicaments and it seems like the consequences of his wrongdoings are finally catching up.
Apart from his trials, Trump is also facing a rising number of unfavorable rankings.
While the consequences of his derogatory comments and unlawful actions may seem a bit overdue, the most important thing is that they are exposed for justice to prevail before the election in November.
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