Former President Donald Trump has sued journalist Bob Woodward for copyright infringement, alleging that Woodward released the audio of an interview without Trump’s consent.
Former presidents have a long history of filing lawsuits that ultimately get them thrown out of court.
Woodward gave several interviews with Trump “loose the temper” The author’s second book about the former president hits bookstores in September 2020. Released “The Tramp Tapes”. An audiobook featuring eight hours of live interviews with Trump interspersed with author commentary. The book, which goes on sale October 25, 2022, includes 20 interviews Woodward gave Trump from his 2016 to his 2020 years.
But Trump alleges in a lawsuit filed Monday in the Northern District of Florida that he did not give Woodward permission to release the audio of the interview.
“President Trump has repeatedly told Woodward that the interview is for Woodward’s sole use and is used only for the sole purpose of accurately quoting President Trump’s ‘written word,’ i.e., his ‘anger.’ It said it would not be used for any other purpose, including providing, marketing, or selling the interview to the public, the press, or the media in any way, shape, or format,” the lawsuit states.
Trump, who also sued publisher Simon & Schuster and parent company Paramount, is seeking nearly $50 million in damages. The lawsuit claims the audio is “protected material subject to various restrictions on use and distribution.”
early this month, federal judge ruled Trump and his attorneys are responsible for nearly $1 million in sanctions over lawsuits Trump filed against Hillary Clinton and several others alleging they colluded against him in the 2016 campaign. was owed
In that case, U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks for the Southern District of Florida, after several other unsuccessful lawsuits filed by Trump in recent years, said Trump’s “pattern of abusing the courts to serve his political ends.” I wrote that I showed
“Frivolous litigation should not be used as a means of raising funds or as bait for rallies and social media,” Middlebrooks wrote. This practice impedes the ability of the judiciary to fulfill its constitutional obligations.”
Trump has similarly sued multiple media companies, including CNN, for reports he deemed unfavorable or defamatory.
In his lawsuit against Woodward, Trump said, “President Trump’s voice is one of the most recognizable voices in the world, so by making the interview recordings public, the authors are using President Trump’s voice.” We decided to take it, take it, and use it.” ”
Representatives for Woodward and a spokesperson for Simon & Schuster did not immediately respond to requests for comment.