Trump Is Back in Court to Face Geoffrey Zakarian Over Breached Hotel Contract
Donald Trump faces yet another legal battle in court this week, this time against celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian. A judge has ordered Trump to be deposed in a lawsuit alleging Zakarian’s breach of contract regarding a development property in Washington, D.C. Last year, following Trump’s derogatory remarks toward Mexican immigrants, both chefs José Andrés — who is a Spanish immigrant and recently became an American citizen — and Geoffrey Zakarian pulled out of a contract to provide culinary experiences inside the Trump International Hotel in DC.
“We are a nation built from immigrants,” Zakarian said at the time, while cutting ties from the now-Republican Presidential frontrunner. Shortly thereafter, Trump’s son alleged that he will not hesitate to take legal action against Zakarian for a breach of contract, and they filed a lawsuit against the chefs last August.
Both chefs have now filed counter-claims to the original lawsuit, saying that Trump’s attitude and remarks toward Mexican immigrants would have a negative effect on their brand and business.
Trump’s lawyers have not yet responded as to whether they will seek a last-minute block of the deposition. They argue that Trump’s children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, actually handle most of the business affairs of the Trump Hotel and that the deposition is an “inconvenient” and “burdensome” intrusion on the Presidential nominee’s busy schedule, according to Yahoo News.