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Trump Settles Second Lawsuit With a Celebrity Chef in One Week

Trump Settles Second Lawsuit With a Celebrity Chef in One Week

President Trump has settled lawsuits with celebrity chefs José Andrés and Geoffrey Zakarian this week

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The legal dispute came about after the two prominent chefs dropped out of their contract agreements with the Trump Hotel.

In November, Donald Trump boasted that he “never settles lawsuits,” but just this week he has gone back on that declaration twice. Although the then-president-elect was quietly deposed in January regarding a series of lawsuits and countersuits involving chefs José Andrés and Geoffrey Zakarian, both chefs have now settled their legal disputes with the Trump Organization for undisclosed amounts this week.

The legal quarrel began in 2015 when Zakarian and Andrés both dropped out of their restaurant contracts with the then-soon-to-be-opened Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., after Trump made disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants. When he dropped out of the contract, Zakarian released a statement saying, “We are a nation built from immigrants, my family included.” The statement expressed disapproval of the then-presidential candidate’s portrayal of Mexican immigrants as “drug dealers, criminals, rapists.”

“After an intense, two-year legal battle, we are pleased we were able to amicably resolve our differences and wish Geoffrey continued success,” Donald Trump Jr. said in a statement just three days after the lawsuit was settled with Andrés.

In September 2016, while the legal battle was still ongoing, Zakarian claimed that Trump’s kids “should sue their dad” instead because “he did this” (referring to the organization’s difficulties in finding new restaurateurs to replace Andrés and Zakarian).


Trump Biz Settles With Second Celebrity Chef Who Pulled Out Of DC Hotel Deal

The Trump Organization on Monday announced that it had settled its lawsuit against restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian, who in 2015 pulled out of plans to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

“After an intense, two-year legal battle, we are pleased we were able to amicably resolve our differences and wish Geoffrey continued success,” Donald Trump Jr. said in a joint statement with Zakarian obtained by the New York Times.

The restaurateur also “acknowledged his satisfaction with the resolution” in the statement.

Zakarian in 2015 pulled out of plans to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. after Donald Trump, then a Republican presidential candidate, called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and drug dealers in the first speech of his campaign.

“The recent statements surrounding Mexican immigrants by Donald Trump do not in any way align with my personal core values,” Zakarian said in a statement in June 2015.

One day before the 2016 election, Zakarian put his decision in simpler terms during an interview with the Village Voice.

“My buddy Donald, he fucked up,” Zakarian said. “He opened his fucking mouth.”

Trump sued Zakarian in 2015 for $10 million, and BuzzFeed released the video deposition from that lawsuit in September 2016.


Trump Biz Settles With Second Celebrity Chef Who Pulled Out Of DC Hotel Deal

The Trump Organization on Monday announced that it had settled its lawsuit against restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian, who in 2015 pulled out of plans to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

“After an intense, two-year legal battle, we are pleased we were able to amicably resolve our differences and wish Geoffrey continued success,” Donald Trump Jr. said in a joint statement with Zakarian obtained by the New York Times.

The restaurateur also “acknowledged his satisfaction with the resolution” in the statement.

Zakarian in 2015 pulled out of plans to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. after Donald Trump, then a Republican presidential candidate, called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and drug dealers in the first speech of his campaign.

“The recent statements surrounding Mexican immigrants by Donald Trump do not in any way align with my personal core values,” Zakarian said in a statement in June 2015.

One day before the 2016 election, Zakarian put his decision in simpler terms during an interview with the Village Voice.

“My buddy Donald, he fucked up,” Zakarian said. “He opened his fucking mouth.”

Trump sued Zakarian in 2015 for $10 million, and BuzzFeed released the video deposition from that lawsuit in September 2016.


Trump Biz Settles With Second Celebrity Chef Who Pulled Out Of DC Hotel Deal

The Trump Organization on Monday announced that it had settled its lawsuit against restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian, who in 2015 pulled out of plans to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

“After an intense, two-year legal battle, we are pleased we were able to amicably resolve our differences and wish Geoffrey continued success,” Donald Trump Jr. said in a joint statement with Zakarian obtained by the New York Times.

The restaurateur also “acknowledged his satisfaction with the resolution” in the statement.

Zakarian in 2015 pulled out of plans to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. after Donald Trump, then a Republican presidential candidate, called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and drug dealers in the first speech of his campaign.

“The recent statements surrounding Mexican immigrants by Donald Trump do not in any way align with my personal core values,” Zakarian said in a statement in June 2015.

One day before the 2016 election, Zakarian put his decision in simpler terms during an interview with the Village Voice.

“My buddy Donald, he fucked up,” Zakarian said. “He opened his fucking mouth.”

Trump sued Zakarian in 2015 for $10 million, and BuzzFeed released the video deposition from that lawsuit in September 2016.


Trump Biz Settles With Second Celebrity Chef Who Pulled Out Of DC Hotel Deal

The Trump Organization on Monday announced that it had settled its lawsuit against restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian, who in 2015 pulled out of plans to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

“After an intense, two-year legal battle, we are pleased we were able to amicably resolve our differences and wish Geoffrey continued success,” Donald Trump Jr. said in a joint statement with Zakarian obtained by the New York Times.

The restaurateur also “acknowledged his satisfaction with the resolution” in the statement.

Zakarian in 2015 pulled out of plans to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. after Donald Trump, then a Republican presidential candidate, called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and drug dealers in the first speech of his campaign.

“The recent statements surrounding Mexican immigrants by Donald Trump do not in any way align with my personal core values,” Zakarian said in a statement in June 2015.

One day before the 2016 election, Zakarian put his decision in simpler terms during an interview with the Village Voice.

“My buddy Donald, he fucked up,” Zakarian said. “He opened his fucking mouth.”

Trump sued Zakarian in 2015 for $10 million, and BuzzFeed released the video deposition from that lawsuit in September 2016.


Trump Biz Settles With Second Celebrity Chef Who Pulled Out Of DC Hotel Deal

The Trump Organization on Monday announced that it had settled its lawsuit against restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian, who in 2015 pulled out of plans to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

“After an intense, two-year legal battle, we are pleased we were able to amicably resolve our differences and wish Geoffrey continued success,” Donald Trump Jr. said in a joint statement with Zakarian obtained by the New York Times.

The restaurateur also “acknowledged his satisfaction with the resolution” in the statement.

Zakarian in 2015 pulled out of plans to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. after Donald Trump, then a Republican presidential candidate, called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and drug dealers in the first speech of his campaign.

“The recent statements surrounding Mexican immigrants by Donald Trump do not in any way align with my personal core values,” Zakarian said in a statement in June 2015.

One day before the 2016 election, Zakarian put his decision in simpler terms during an interview with the Village Voice.

“My buddy Donald, he fucked up,” Zakarian said. “He opened his fucking mouth.”

Trump sued Zakarian in 2015 for $10 million, and BuzzFeed released the video deposition from that lawsuit in September 2016.


Trump Biz Settles With Second Celebrity Chef Who Pulled Out Of DC Hotel Deal

The Trump Organization on Monday announced that it had settled its lawsuit against restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian, who in 2015 pulled out of plans to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

“After an intense, two-year legal battle, we are pleased we were able to amicably resolve our differences and wish Geoffrey continued success,” Donald Trump Jr. said in a joint statement with Zakarian obtained by the New York Times.

The restaurateur also “acknowledged his satisfaction with the resolution” in the statement.

Zakarian in 2015 pulled out of plans to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. after Donald Trump, then a Republican presidential candidate, called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and drug dealers in the first speech of his campaign.

“The recent statements surrounding Mexican immigrants by Donald Trump do not in any way align with my personal core values,” Zakarian said in a statement in June 2015.

One day before the 2016 election, Zakarian put his decision in simpler terms during an interview with the Village Voice.

“My buddy Donald, he fucked up,” Zakarian said. “He opened his fucking mouth.”

Trump sued Zakarian in 2015 for $10 million, and BuzzFeed released the video deposition from that lawsuit in September 2016.


Trump Biz Settles With Second Celebrity Chef Who Pulled Out Of DC Hotel Deal

The Trump Organization on Monday announced that it had settled its lawsuit against restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian, who in 2015 pulled out of plans to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

“After an intense, two-year legal battle, we are pleased we were able to amicably resolve our differences and wish Geoffrey continued success,” Donald Trump Jr. said in a joint statement with Zakarian obtained by the New York Times.

The restaurateur also “acknowledged his satisfaction with the resolution” in the statement.

Zakarian in 2015 pulled out of plans to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. after Donald Trump, then a Republican presidential candidate, called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and drug dealers in the first speech of his campaign.

“The recent statements surrounding Mexican immigrants by Donald Trump do not in any way align with my personal core values,” Zakarian said in a statement in June 2015.

One day before the 2016 election, Zakarian put his decision in simpler terms during an interview with the Village Voice.

“My buddy Donald, he fucked up,” Zakarian said. “He opened his fucking mouth.”

Trump sued Zakarian in 2015 for $10 million, and BuzzFeed released the video deposition from that lawsuit in September 2016.


Trump Biz Settles With Second Celebrity Chef Who Pulled Out Of DC Hotel Deal

The Trump Organization on Monday announced that it had settled its lawsuit against restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian, who in 2015 pulled out of plans to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

“After an intense, two-year legal battle, we are pleased we were able to amicably resolve our differences and wish Geoffrey continued success,” Donald Trump Jr. said in a joint statement with Zakarian obtained by the New York Times.

The restaurateur also “acknowledged his satisfaction with the resolution” in the statement.

Zakarian in 2015 pulled out of plans to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. after Donald Trump, then a Republican presidential candidate, called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and drug dealers in the first speech of his campaign.

“The recent statements surrounding Mexican immigrants by Donald Trump do not in any way align with my personal core values,” Zakarian said in a statement in June 2015.

One day before the 2016 election, Zakarian put his decision in simpler terms during an interview with the Village Voice.

“My buddy Donald, he fucked up,” Zakarian said. “He opened his fucking mouth.”

Trump sued Zakarian in 2015 for $10 million, and BuzzFeed released the video deposition from that lawsuit in September 2016.


Trump Biz Settles With Second Celebrity Chef Who Pulled Out Of DC Hotel Deal

The Trump Organization on Monday announced that it had settled its lawsuit against restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian, who in 2015 pulled out of plans to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

“After an intense, two-year legal battle, we are pleased we were able to amicably resolve our differences and wish Geoffrey continued success,” Donald Trump Jr. said in a joint statement with Zakarian obtained by the New York Times.

The restaurateur also “acknowledged his satisfaction with the resolution” in the statement.

Zakarian in 2015 pulled out of plans to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. after Donald Trump, then a Republican presidential candidate, called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and drug dealers in the first speech of his campaign.

“The recent statements surrounding Mexican immigrants by Donald Trump do not in any way align with my personal core values,” Zakarian said in a statement in June 2015.

One day before the 2016 election, Zakarian put his decision in simpler terms during an interview with the Village Voice.

“My buddy Donald, he fucked up,” Zakarian said. “He opened his fucking mouth.”

Trump sued Zakarian in 2015 for $10 million, and BuzzFeed released the video deposition from that lawsuit in September 2016.


Trump Biz Settles With Second Celebrity Chef Who Pulled Out Of DC Hotel Deal

The Trump Organization on Monday announced that it had settled its lawsuit against restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian, who in 2015 pulled out of plans to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

“After an intense, two-year legal battle, we are pleased we were able to amicably resolve our differences and wish Geoffrey continued success,” Donald Trump Jr. said in a joint statement with Zakarian obtained by the New York Times.

The restaurateur also “acknowledged his satisfaction with the resolution” in the statement.

Zakarian in 2015 pulled out of plans to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. after Donald Trump, then a Republican presidential candidate, called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and drug dealers in the first speech of his campaign.

“The recent statements surrounding Mexican immigrants by Donald Trump do not in any way align with my personal core values,” Zakarian said in a statement in June 2015.

One day before the 2016 election, Zakarian put his decision in simpler terms during an interview with the Village Voice.

“My buddy Donald, he fucked up,” Zakarian said. “He opened his fucking mouth.”

Trump sued Zakarian in 2015 for $10 million, and BuzzFeed released the video deposition from that lawsuit in September 2016.