Former President Donald Trump sued Bob Woodward on Monday, claiming the veteran journalist didn’t get his consent to launch audio recordings of interviews performed over the past two years he was in workplace.
The lawsuit, filed within the Northern District of Florida, focuses on the October launch of “The Trump Tapes: Bob Woodward’s Twenty Interviews with President Donald Trump.” It seeks almost $50 million in damages and alleges efforts to “capitalize upon President Trump’s voice.”
Within the swimsuit, Trump says he consented to being recorded just for the needs of Woodward’s guide “Rage,” which was printed in 2020, and that Woodward broke his promise to Trump by later utilizing the interviews for an audiobook.
“President Trump instructed Woodward quite a few instances that the Interviews have been for use by Woodward—and Woodward solely—for the only real function of precisely quoting President Trump for the ‘written phrase,’ i.e., Rage, and never for another function, together with offering, advertising and marketing, or promoting the Interviews to the general public, press, or the media, in any means, form, or type,” court docket paperwork say.
“Woodward determined to take advantage of, usurp, and capitalize upon President Trump’s voice by releasing the Interview Sound Recordings of their interviews with President Trump within the type of an audiobook,” the lawsuit says.
From December 2019 to July 2020, Woodward performed a sequence of interviews with Trump on the White Home, at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and by cellphone. They drew national attention when excerpts confirmed Trump privately acknowledging the risks of the Covid pandemic whereas publicly downplaying its risk.
Trump’s attorneys declare that the audio collected within the interviews was “protected materials” and topic to limitations on use and distribution.
Defendants named within the lawsuit embody Simon & Schuster and its dad or mum firm, Paramount World, in addition to Woodward.
Woodward and his writer fired again at Trump in a joint assertion.
“Former President Trump’s lawsuit is with out benefit and we are going to aggressively defend in opposition to it. All these interviews have been on the file and recorded with President Trump’s data and settlement. Furthermore, it’s within the public curiosity to have this historic file in Trump’s personal phrases. We’re assured that the info and the legislation are in our favor,” the assertion stated.
In an announcement Monday night time, Trump stated the audio guide “was an open and blatant try to make me look as dangerous as attainable.”
Trump, who launched a 3rd White Home bid in November, sued Woodward after the recent withdrawals of different lawsuits he filed in Florida, one in every of them in opposition to New York Lawyer Common Letitia James, after a federal choose hit Trump and his lawyer with $1 million in sanctions for pushing a distinct “frivolous” swimsuit.
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