Trumps Trump to pay $1.6 million in civil damages in lawsuit against Chicago hotel
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP is to pay more than $1 million in damages to the city of Chicago for allegedly forcing its homeless people out of its city-owned housing.
A judge has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday in the case, which is also being brought by the National Park Service and the American Civil Liberties Union.
In a statement to Fox News, Trump’s attorneys said that the president is “disappointed that the court is weighing in on a highly contentious legal issue” and will continue to defend the rights of the people of Chicago.
The judge, Judge Tanya Walton Pratt, has ordered that the Trump Organization, which operates Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino in Chicago, will pay $4.5 million in compensatory damages and $7.5 in punitive damages, the statement said.
Pratt has issued a preliminary injunction that temporarily prevents Trump from discharging his duties as president.
The lawsuit, filed in March, claims that the city violated the terms of a lease that was signed in 1997 by Trump and his wife Ivana.
The lease included a provision that required Trump to “provide assistance to any homeless person living on the property, and provide assistance to the property owner in making repairs or improvements to the facility.”
Pratt found that the lease did not meet the standards for public accommodations in the city, and that the “City has failed to comply with the requirement of the lease that the property be open to the general public and not a private club.”
Pratts has ordered the Trump Plaza to remove homeless people from the premises, and to hire counselors to “help the homeless find a permanent home.”
The lawsuit also alleges that the building, a former Salvation Army building, has been a magnet for drug users and other people who are homeless, and has become a “public-housing encampment” because of the lack of shelter.
The lawsuit also alleged that the facility has “violated the terms” of the city’s lease with the Trump family, who own the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, New York.
The hotel is owned by Trump’s family.