Donald Trump threatens to sue 'Dump Trump' leader

The business mogul says Angelo Carusone's drive aimed at getting Macy's to drop him is hurting his name, to the tune of $25 million worth of damages.

By Aimee Picchi Feb 20, 2013 1:13PM

Credit: © Donna Ward/Getty Images

Donald Trump leaves 'The Late Show with David Letterman' at Ed Sullivan Theater on October 25, 2012Donald Trump isn't happy with the "Dump Trump" campaign, and he's willing to put a price tag on how upset it's made him: $25 million worth of annoyance. 


After an activist named Angelo Carusone started a petition last year urging Macy's (M) to cut its business ties to Trump, more than 685,000 people signed on as supporters of the "Dump Trump" campaign. The petition claims that Trump engages in "sexist behavior," has denied "the reality of climate change" and has supported "the racially charged birther conspiracy."


Trump's attorney, Alan Garten, late last year sent a letter to Carusone, threatening him with a $25 million lawsuit unless he ends his protest. 


"Make no mistake: your concerted efforts to harass and injure Mr. Trump, his name, reputation and business dealings are actionable under law and will not be tolerated," Garten wrote in the Dec. 27 letter. 


Carusone now tells The Hollywood Reporter that he's receiving legal counsel from the nonprofit Public Citizen and that he'll continue his battle against Trump. 


"I would hope that Macy’s would recognize now that the things we’ve been saying about Donald Trump are in fact accurate, and they are cause for concern,” Carusone said. "That Trump does engage in bullying and intimidation. That his brand is inconsistent with the Macy’s brand.”


But Trump's attorney alleges that the bullying is instead coming from Carusone. 


"[Y]ou have apparently made it your mission to interfere with and intentionally disrupt Mr. Trump's longstanding and well-established business relationship with Macy's…through mob-like bullying and coercion," the letter claims. 


Macy's has so far stood by Trump. Chief Executive Terry Lundgren responded last year by noting that the department store's merchandise and marketing didn't reflect "any political position." 


Garten told the Reporter that he was surprised Carusone had made the letter public, adding that the "guy's a loser."


As for whether Trump will follow through on his threat of a lawsuit, it sounds as if the "Celebrity Apprentice" host is biding his time. In an interview with Women's Wear Daily, he said, "Whether we act on the letter or not is subject to seeing what goes on.”


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29Comments
Feb 20, 2013 2:05PM
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Trump "your fired" can dish it out but can't take it ! Maybe Obama should sue for birther remarks.What an ***.
Feb 20, 2013 1:51PM
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The truth will set you free...Dump Trump, Dump Trump, Dump Trump
Feb 20, 2013 1:49PM
Feb 20, 2013 2:04PM
Feb 20, 2013 2:37PM
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Trump needs to show his long form Birth Certificate and once and for all prove that his mother wasn't an Orangutan, nobody else on earth has that hair color but apes. Time to come clean Donald, show us the long form, not the fake one you sent to Bill Maher.
Feb 20, 2013 2:49PM
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I think we need to start a petition to have NBC cancel Celebrity Apprentice.  What goofy TV, Trumpmeister has to again decide whether to fire Gary Busey or Lil John....can't get much more riveting then that!!  What goofiness!!

 

Also, is this guy getting much uglier in his pictures now that he's getting older?  i think so!  Almost like a worn out look...the same as his show.

Feb 20, 2013 2:06PM
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Donald, Sh*t or get off the pot.  Either sue or quit bluffing.
Feb 20, 2013 2:35PM
Feb 20, 2013 2:15PM
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Neither Trump Plaza or Donald Trump's elevator go all the way to the top.Must be that "Trump" water

Feb 20, 2013 3:18PM
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Trumps a punk and hi comrades a fhuken moron. Blame Obama for everything, Bush started the downfall of the economy not Obama, but, you haters would never admit it. Obama inherited the worst presidency ever. Things are looking better haters, but of course you will never admit that. Shove your conservative 1940 attitudes up your asses where they belong. The republican party will not see a president again until they come into the 21st century. Hillary Clinton will kick your next choice to the curb. The GOP (grand old party) isn't so grand. You got your asses kicked in the election where Obama won by a large margin and you losers are still in shock. I thought maybe that would be a wake up call, but i was wrong. The GOP doesn't get it. A bunch of morons that refuse to work with or even try to compromise with the president and the people of this country know it.
Feb 20, 2013 3:35PM
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QUIT CRYING trump, you dish it out but can't take it when someone dishes it out on you,All you think about is SUE-SUE-SUE, Get Over it grow up and take it like a man!!!!. You grew up a pampered baby and I don't mean diapers a silver spoon in your mouth and daddy got you started with big cash a name and you trashing the name. Your not Qualified to run for president your way of thinking is only for yourself and you think your better than anybody else on earth. Go back to school and learn how to communicate with others & treat other as humans not trash. I was raised with 6 brothers & 3 sisters I was number 10 and if you would have been in our family you **** would have been kicked all over the place and you couldn't SUE all of us (without getting your nose put into the mud) GROW UP DONALD AND QUIT WINING!
Feb 20, 2013 3:33PM
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Whether or not the potential suit has merit, it is disturbing to me that wealthy people can threaten little folks in this country with lawsuits, because the little people in most cases can't afford the defense, even if it is just a harassment suit (slap-suit).  I have been in that situation once before and have been threatened as well.  My parents were harassed by a slap-suit from a wealthy person and it cost 30,000 for defense and the money was not recoverable, even though my parents won.  The 30K was peanuts for the guy bringing the suit, but devastating for my parents, even though they were in the right.

 

This happens all the time in the good 'ol US of A, good justice if you can afford it!  Little to none if you can't.

Feb 20, 2013 4:38PM
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Trump must be the twin brother of Leona Helmsley, now whatever happened to her?  If it goes to trial, the defense should be quite easy to make, nothing could hurt Trump's name more than he has, so he should sue himself first..
Feb 20, 2013 3:36PM
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Donald Trump is looking exceptionally bloated, cheesy, and orange these days. Yikes! What happened to this guy....FREAK!
Feb 20, 2013 4:29PM
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Really makes you wonder when an idiot like Trump can go so far in business.  Carusone should be OK, it's not libel or defamation if it's true and it does not look like he's saying anything untrue about Trump and I think we're all entitled to an opinion about any thing or any one. 

 

Trump likes to act tough and speak his mind on tv, but he doesn't tolerate it from others when something is being said about him. He should try acting tough in a public place and see where that gets him. I doubt he could whip is way out of a wet paper sack, ha.

 

Feb 20, 2013 5:37PM
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Telling the truth is not a crime. Donald is an idiot and we all know it. He is on record on all the statements made whats his beef...Oh thats right get his picture in the news with his orangatan do.
Feb 20, 2013 5:31PM
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Hey 'ducky'..wassamatta u??? u no like da bullies pikin on u?? what?? seems like you talk loud and call everybody names but u can't take it?? Hey..pussy..welcome to karma and 'what goes around comes around'...u pathetic tub of lard..go clor ur hair and face somemore...
Feb 20, 2013 6:48PM
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it,s time trump put his head in the toilet and flushed his stupid action.s down the toilet

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