Saturday, May 25, 2024

Judge Rules that Publisher for President’s Niece, Mary Trump, Can Release Her Book After All, Publisher is Not Bound By Her Previous NDA


Judge Alan D. Scheinkman of the Appelate Division of the New York State Supreme Court has opened the door to this summer’s biggest bestselling blockbuster book.

Judge Scheinkman ruled that Mary Trump’s book called “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” can be released after all on July 28th by Simon & Schuster.

Mary Trump, however, still must clear a hurdle next Friday, July 10th, concerning her own liability.

Mary is Donald Trump’s niece. Her father was Fred Trump, Jr., the president’s deceased brother. The book will tell many stories about the Trump family, not the least of which will be how badly Donald treated his brother and his family.

Donald did what he could to stop the book’s publication, and was temporarily successful last week. But the judge ruled ruled that Simon & Schuster was not a party to — and thus could not be bound by — a confidentiality agreement, which was signed by Ms. Trump, Donald Trump and the president’s two siblings, Robert S. Trump and Maryanne Trump Barry.

“Unlike Ms. Trump,” Justice Scheinkman wrote, “S&S has not agreed to surrender or relinquish any of its First Amendment rights.”

“We support Mary L. Trump’s right to tell her story in ‘Too Much and Never Enough,’ a work of great interest and importance to the national discourse that fully deserves to be published for the benefit of the American public,” the publisher said in a statement issued Wednesday night. “As all know, there are well-established precedents against prior restraint and pre-publication injunctions.”

Judge Scheinkman observed that after so much time, the confidentiality agreement probably wouldn’t stand up anyway– certainly because Donald Trump had since become president. When they signed the agreement, no normal person could have predicted that, or what has followed.

I’m ordering my copy now.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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