Donald Trump and three of his adult children agreed to be questioned under oath for up to seven hours each in a class-action lawsuit over their years-long promotion on “Celebrity Apprentice” of a troubled multi-level marketing company.
Trump and his children Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump, are among more than a dozen people who will be deposed in June and July, including unnamed contestants who appeared on the reality-TV show, lawyers for all those involved in the case said in a letter to a judge Friday night. The Trumps had failed to get the 2018 case dismissed, and agreed in March to sit for questioning by the end of June as ordered by a judge, but will miss those dates due to a delay in handing over related documents.
The Trumps will each be deposed over Donald Trump’s paid endorsement of ACN Opportunity LLC and its clunky desktop video phones on “Celebrity Apprentice.” Plaintiffs say Trump falsely claimed he wasn’t being paid for the promotions and lied about his belief in the product and the risks involved. Hope Hicks, former counselor to Trump, and Rhona Graff, Trump’s longtime personal executive assistant, will also be interviewed under oath, while Trump has agreed to hand over transcripts of his past depositions in fraud suits tied to his failed Trump University, according to the filing.
— Danyourd (@danyourdevil3) June 6, 2022
Investors claimed Trump duped them into paying thousands of dollars to become independent sellers with ACN. The company’s video-phone device was praised by Trump for years as the next big thing in communication before flopping amid the revelation of its pyramid scheme.
They’ll be questioned about Trump’s paid endorsement of ACN Opportunity LLC and its clunky video phones on “Celebrity Apprentice.” Plaintiffs say Trump falsely claimed he wasn’t being paid for the promotions and lied about his belief in the product and the risks involved.
— Erik Larson (@eelarson) June 6, 2022