After the release of her tell-all book “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” Mary Trump, Donald Trump’s lesbian niece, is suing the President (and her uncle). The lawsuit alleges that Donald Trump committed multiple counts of fraud and civil conspiracy — among other crimes.
According to court documents filed in New York’s State Supreme Court, many of the claims that Mary Trump made in her book are what are being reiterated in court. These include conspiring with former Federal Judge Maryanne Trump Barry and Robert Trump, Mary Trump’s aunt and uncle respectively, to cheat her out of her inheritance. Mary Trump’s claims are that, when her grandfather Fred Trump died in 1999, her father’s siblings conspired to withhold the inheritance from her and her brother. When she asked, Mary was told she would not receive an equal share because her father, Fred Trump Jr., was an alcoholic and because he disliked her mother.
The suit goes even further back, though, alleging that Mary Trump had been degraded about her inheritance she was 16 years old and further accuses her relatives of “a complex scheme to siphon funds away from her interests, conceal their grift, and deceive her about the true value of what she had inherited.” Mary and her brother did eventually sign an agreement awarding them a small portion of their father’s estate, but she alleges that it was only after they were threatened with being cut out entirely. According to Mary Trump’s lawsuit, “fraud was not just the family business — it was a way of life.”
Mary Trump is being represented by famed civil rights attorney Roberta Kaplan, who represented Edie Windsor in the DOMA court trial. Kaplan, who also identifies as a lesbian, also once represented E. Jean Carroll in a defamation suit after she alleged Trump sexually assaulted her in a department store in the 1990s.
Trump has not himself responded to the lawsuit, but he has referred to his niece as “unstable,” hoping to distance himself as much as possible.