Trump sues Bob Woodward, Simon & Schuster, Paramount for $50 million

Former President Donald Trump speaks on May 28, 2022 in Casper, Wyoming. The rally is being held in support of Harriet Hageman, the main rival of Congressman Liz Cheney of Wyoming.

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Former President Donald Trump sued prominent journalist Bob Woodward on Monday over the release of audio recordings of his interviews with Trump, who claims he never agreed to allow those tapes to be sold to the public.

Woodward, publisher of Simon & Schuster, and its parent company, Paramount Global, “unlawfully appropriated” Trump’s copyright interests and other rights by publishing an audiobook with hours of recordings.” raw” from Woodward’s numerous interviews with the former president, the lawsuit alleges.

The lawsuit seeks $50 million or more based on estimates that the audiobook “The Trump Tapes” has sold more than two million copies for $24.99 each.

The 31-page complaint, filed in federal court in Pensacola, Florida, alleges that Trump “has repeatedly stated to Woodward, in the presence of others, that he agrees recorded for the sole purpose that Woodward might write a book”. .”

According to the lawsuit, that book, 2021’s “Rage,” failed to replicate the success of Woodward’s earlier book on Trump’s White House. Woodward then “decided to exploit, appropriate, and capitalize on the voice of President Trump by releasing Audio Recordings of their interviews with President Trump in audiobook format,” the suit filed. tie.

Simon & Schuster did not immediately comment on the lawsuit.

This is developing news. Please check back for updates.


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