Donald Trump and three of his children agreed to testify under oath for up to seven hours apiece in a class-action lawsuit over their years-long promotion of a struggling multi-level marketing organization on “Celebrity Apprentice.”
The former president, along with Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump, is among more than a dozen people who will be deposed in June and July, including unidentified participants on the reality show, according to lawyers for all parties involved in the lawsuit in a letter to a judge Friday night.
They’ll be questioned on “Celebrity Apprentice” about Trump’s sponsored support of ACN Opportunity LLC and its clunky desktop video phones. Plaintiffs claim Trump lied about not being paid for the promotions and lied about his belief in the product and the risks involved, according to fortune.
According to the filing, Hope Hicks, Trump’s former counselor, and Rhona Graff, Trump’s longtime personal executive assistant, will be examined under oath, and Trump has agreed to hand over transcripts of his previous depositions in fraud actions related to his bankrupt Trump University.
The filing is the first indication of how long the Trump will be questioned and who else associated with the Trump Organization will be called to testify. The Trumps agreed in March to sit for interrogation by the end of June, as directed by a judge but will miss those dates due to a delay in handing over related documents.
Alina Habba, Trump’s lawyer, did not immediately respond to a message-seeking comment.
The depositions were scheduled following a meeting with investors who believe Trump tricked them into paying thousands of dollars to become ACN independent salesmen. Trump hailed the company’s video-phone device for years as the next big thing in communication before it failed.
Attorneys from Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP, whose founder Roberta Kaplan has been a thorn in Trump’s side, will conduct the depositions. She is also representing Trump’s estranged niece Mary Trump in a fraud claim against the former president, as well as E. Jean Carroll, a New York advice columnist, in a defamation suit.
Kaplan didn’t immediately respond to a message-seeking comment.