CHICAGO: Donald Trump found himself defending his business ethics when 87-year-old Jacqueline Goldberg claimed Trump cheated her in a bait-and-switch scheme connected to condos in a Chicago skyscraper he built.
Goldberg accused Trump of wooing her into buying two condos at $1 million apiece by dangling a promise to share in building profits — then reneging after she committed to buying. Goldberg sought $6 million in damages.
At trial, Shelly Kulwin, Goldberg’s attorney portrayed her as a former waitress who learned her values living through the Depression. Trump debunked that portrayal saying that Goldberg was a successful, sophisticated investor who signed a contract stipulating he could do exactly what he did: cancel the profit-sharing plan anytime he saw fit.
The trial became a spectacle with Trump on the witness stand scowling and bragging about the quality of his developments and verbally sparring with Kulwin. He repeatedly talked over Kulwin while Kulwin repeatedly rolled his eyes at Trump’s answers, prompting Judge Amy St. Eve to order both men to behave.
In a sarcasm – riddled closing argument, Goldberg’s attorney described the billionaire TV showman as villainous and greedy.
Trump denied he ever cheated anyone and in the end, the federal jury agreed. After deliberating for more than five hours over two days, the jury returned a verdict in Trump’s favor.
As the judge read the decision in court, Goldberg showed little emotion — though her attorney, Kulwin, slumped over and buried his head on a courtroom table.
Ahh – the agony of defeat.
But even with a favorable verdict under his belt, Trump wasn’t done with the 87- year old Grandmother and hammered her with these strong words: Calling her comment about hoping to drive business away from him ‘disgraceful.’ “I don’t have any admiration for her. She knew exactly what she was doing. She should be ashamed of herself.”
Say what you will about Donald Trump. Love him or hate him, he will always land on his feet.
(Source: National Post) (Photo Credit: AP Chicago Sun Times, Steven Stewart)
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