Judge blocks tell-all by Trump niece - for now

Trump niece book blocked by New York judge but lawyer promises appeal

A NY state judge has temporarily blocked the publication of President Trump's niece Mary's new tell-all book, pending the outcome of a hearing set to take place next month.

NY state Judge Hal Greenwald’s temporary restraining order blocks Simon & Schuster from "publishing, printing or distributing" Mary Trump's book "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man", scheduled to be released July 28.

A judge blocked the release of a book from President Donald Trump's niece, Mary Trump, in which she offers an unflattering account of her relationship with her uncle and other family members.

Using that background, she explores the "nightmare of traumas" within the Trump family, according to the publisher.

Judge Hal Greenwald scheduled a hearing on the matter for July 10, but granted a temporary injunction on Tuesday to keep the book on hold until then.

The original complaint in the case seeks specific performance by Mary L. Trump to shut down the publication of her book, breach of contract, and a declaratory judgment which would agree that Mary L. Trump's statements violate her settlement agreement with Fred C. Trump's estate.

The following day, Robert Trump, the president's brother, filed a second injunction request in New York Supreme Court.

"We plan to immediately appeal this decision to the Appellate Division, and look forward to prevailing in this case based on well-established precedents regarding prior restraint", the publisher said, according to the news outlet.

Charles Harder, who represents Robert Trump, told ABC News his client was very pleased with Tuesday's ruling.

Ted Boutrous, Mary Trump's lawyer, said the latest order was a violation of the First Amendment, which protects free speech, and would be appealed.

He added: "Short of corrective action to immediately cease their egregious conduct, we will pursue this case to the very end".

In court papers, Robert Trump maintained Mary Trump was part of a settlement almost two decades ago that included a confidentiality clause explicitly saying they would not "publish any account concerning the litigation or their relationship", unless they all agreed. Click the link to confirm your subscription and begin receiving our newsletters.

Robert Trump had originally filed his petition in Queens County Surrogate's Court, but a judge rejected the request on grounds that the court did not have jurisdiction.

"You know, when we settled with her and her brother, who I do have a good relationship with - she's got a brother, Fred [Trump], who I do have a good relationship with, but when we settled, she has a total. signed a nondisclosure", he said in the interview. He said it will be up to Mary Trump and the publisher to show why an order to block the book should not be made.

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