NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Below are excerpts from Donald Trump’s deposition conducted on Dec. 19-20, 2007, in his lawsuit against author Timothy O’Brien and Warner Books, then owned by Time Warner, CNN’s parent company.
Andrew Ceresney served as the attorney for the defense.
On the damage the book did:
Ceresney: Mr. Trump, you also claim that the book damaged your reputation, correct?
Ceresney: And that’s because you are perceived publicly, you believe, as a billionaire, correct?
Trump: That’s correct.
Ceresney: And the book —
Trump: I am a billionaire. I’m not perceived. I mean, I am a billionaire. Of course, if you read Tim O’Brien’s writings and what was then transposed into the The New York Times, you would certainly not think that. But I am a billionaire, many times over, on a conservative basis.
Ceresney: And you believe that because the book, at least according to you, suggested that you were not a billionaire that damaged your reputation, correct?
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