When chef José Andrés decided to cancel opening a restaurant at Donald Trump’s new luxury hotel in Washington, D.C., Trump slapped a $10 million lawsuit on Andrés’ company ThinkFoodGroup for breaching the contract. Now, the chef is turning the tables and is suing Trump for $8 million.
The documents were filed in D.C. Superior Court on October 7, stating that the comments Trump made about Mexican immigrants were a breach of contract. Trump said back in June that Mexican immigrants were “bringing crime” and “being rapists.”
“The perception that Mr. Trump’s statements were anti-Hispanic made it very difficult to recruit appropriate staff for a Hispanic restaurant, to attract the requisite number of Hispanic food patrons for a profitable enterprise, and to raise capital for what was now an extraordinarily risky Spanish restaurant,” the suit states.
Alan Garten, executive vice president and general counsel at The Trump Organization, called the suit “legally meritless and clearly intended to divert focus away from his baseless decision to walk away from his obligations under the lease,” according to The Washington Post.