Trump Hotel Lawsuits Against Chefs Come to a Close With Second Settlement

CNN/Stylemagazine.com Newswire | 4/11/2017, 9:03 a.m.
The Trump Organization has settled its contract dispute with chef Geoffrey Zakarian, bringing an end to a nearly two-year legal ...

By Laura Jarrett

CNN

(CNN) -- The Trump Organization has settled its contract dispute with chef Geoffrey Zakarian, bringing an end to a nearly two-year legal battle over a failed restaurant deal for the Trump International Hotel in Washington.

The dispute began in July 2015, when Zakarian, along with fellow chef Jose Andrés, backed out of deals to open restaurants in the hotel after Trump said on the campaign trail that Mexico is "not sending their best" to the US when immigrants include "rapists" and people "bringing drugs" and "bringing crime."

Trump sued the chefs for breach of contract in August 2015, seeking over $10 million in damages apiece, and they countersued.

"After an intense, two-year legal battle, we are pleased we were able to amicably resolve our differences and wish Geoffrey continued success," Donald Trump Jr., who now runs the Trump Organization, said in a statement Monday.

The Trump Organization separately set