Donald Trump’s niece filed a lawsuit on Thursday claiming the president cheated her out of tens of millions of dollars while pushing her out of the family’s real estate business.
Seeking unspecified damages, Mary Trump alleged in a New York City state court that Mr Trump, along with his brother and sister, secretly took her share of the family’s real estate holdings while claiming to be her protectors, according to the Associated Press.
“Fraud was not just the family business — it was a way of life,” the lawsuit said.
It comes after Ms Trump’s released her book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, over the summer.
The lawsuit alleges that the president, as well as his brother Robert Trump and sister Maryanne Trump Barry, devalued the interests that their niece inherited from her father and grandfather, which included a share of hundreds of New York apartments.
They pressured Ms Trump to accept a settlement that relinquished her interests in the Trump businesses, while providing fraudulent accounting that misrepresented the value of the estate at $30mn or less, according to the lawsuit reported by AP.
“In reality, Mary’s interests were worth tens of millions of dollars more than what defendants represented to her and what she received,” the lawsuit said.