Former President Donald Trump is suing journalist Bob Woodward for his use of interview recordings in his audiobook, which the former president claims did not consent to.

In court filings, Trump said that he did allow Woodward to conduct recorded interviews for the purpose of writing his book.

He gave 19 interviews throughout 2019 and 2020 that Woodward then used for his 2020 book Rage.

Trump is now claiming that the agreement did not include audio files that were used for The Trump Tapes, an audiobook collection of the recordings that was released last year. The lawsuit is seeking over $49 million in damages.

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“This case centers on Mr. Woodward’s systematic usurpation, manipulation, and exploitation of audio of President Trump gathered in connection with a series of interviews conducted by Mr. Woodward,” Trump’s lawyers wrote in their filing.

“The Defendants’ ongoing concerted efforts to profit off the protected audio recordings and the works they have distributed derived from the protected audio recordings have caused President Trump to sustain substantial damage,” Trump’s team noted.

 

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