The Trump campaign has retained attorney Charles Harder, who represented Hulk Hogan in his case against Gawker and Melania Trump in her case against the Daily Mail, to represent the campaign in its arbitration against Omarosa Manigault-Newman, an individual familiar with the hire told TheWrap.
As previously reported Tuesday, a Trump campaign official said that it had filed an arbitration against Manigault-Newman with the American Arbitration Association in New York City. The campaign maintains that Manigault-Newman — whose book about her time in the Trump camp, “Unhinged,” was published this week — breached a 2016 confidentiality agreement with the campaign.
Tuesday’s report regarding the filing comes after Manigault-Newman released recordings from her time in the White House. In one such recording, Trump reportedly said that nobody told him that she had been fired. The “Apprentice” alum has also said that she has heard an audio recording of Trump using the N-word, an allegation that Trump has denied.
News of the arbitration action also follows a tweet published by Trump’s account Tuesday, in which Trump appeared to refer to Manigault-Newman as a “crazed crying lowlife” and a “dog.”
“When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!” Trump wrote.
TheWrap has reached out to the Trump campaign for comment on the move toward arbitration.
Harder represented Hogan in his lawsuit against Gawker Media over the publication of portions of a sex tape featuring the pro-wrestling legend. That case resulted in Hogan being awarded $140 million in damages.
Harder also represented First Lady Melania Trump in her legal action against the Daily Mail, over a report that she had worked for a modeling agency that had also been an escort service.Last year, the Daily Mail issued an apology and agreed to pay damages as part of a settlement, the New York Times reported at the time.
TheWrap has reached out to a spokesperson for Manigault-Newman for comment regarding the arbitration filing.