At the same time, the lawsuit argues, Mr. Trump and his siblings worked with a “sympathetic appraiser” to “grossly understate the value of Mary’s interests” even as they “gave the impression that everything was fine”.
In 1999, when Fred Trump Sr. died and his will was due to be executed, Mr. Trump and his brother and sister sought to take over part of Ms. Trump’s empire, according to the lawsuit.
In October, for example, Robert Trump met Mrs. Trump at the Drake Hotel in Midtown Manhattan and threatened that he and his siblings would “go bankrupt” Midland, the partnership group in which she had a stake, if she did not. did not comply with their requests, says the lawsuit. The lawsuit quotes Robert Trump as telling his niece that the decision to destroy the company was designed to leave her financially responsible for debts she could not afford.
Initially refusing to give in to her family, Ms. Trump and her brother, Fred Trump III, challenged Fred Trump Sr.’s will in March 2000, claiming it was not fair to them. But according to the lawsuit, his aunt and uncles “turned up the pressure.”
At the suggestion of Ms Trump Barry, the lawsuit argues, the family halted health insurance payments to Ms Trump and her brother – “an act of unfathomable cruelty” because one of Fred Trump III’s children was had cerebral palsy and needed clock nursing.
Finally, as Ms. Trump’s legal fees began to rise, Mr. Trump and his siblings “took advantage of the opportunity” and tried to “take Mary out of her interests completely,” the lawsuit claims. They told her they wouldn’t settle the probate case or restore her health care unless she gave up her stake in Midland and her Brooklyn real estate, according to the lawsuit.
Even so, the lawsuit claims, they provided Ms. Trump with inaccurate financial statements and “valuations riddled with deliberate lies” in an attempt to reduce the amount they owed her.