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Melania book author sued for breaking nondisclosure

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The author of a tell-all book about the first lady Melania Trump, was accused by the U.S Justice Department on Tuesday (13 October) of breaking their non-disclosure agreement.

Author Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former aide who fell out with the first lady, is accused of failing to submit a draft of her book titled 'Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady," to the government for review.

The book, which was published six weeks ago, offers an unflattering portrayal of President Donald Trump's wife and was for a time on the New York Times best seller list.

A copy of the complaint seen by Reuters says quote:

"The United States seeks to hold Ms. Wolkoff to her contractual and fiduciary obligations and to ensure that she is not unjustly enriched by her breach of the duties she freely assumed when she served as an adviser to the first lady."

Winston Wolkoff and Mrs Trump signed the agreement in 2017.

The government has asked that any profits Winston Wolkoff might make from the book and subsequent movie deal or documentaries be set aside into a "constructive trust," which would go to the Treasury Department.

In a statement issued late on Tuesday, Winston Wolkoff said she had fulfilled all the terms of her agreement with Melania Trump and the confidentiality provisions ended "when the White House terminated the agreement."

Winston Wolkoff's tenure at the White House ended in early 2018 after it was disclosed her company had received $26 million to help plan Trump's inauguration in January 2017.

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MELANIA TRUMP: Good afternoon.

- The author of a tell-all book about the First Lady, Melania Trump, was accused by the US Justice Department on Tuesday of breaking their nondisclosure agreement. Author Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former aide who fell out with the first lady, is accused of failing to submit a draft of her book to the government for review. The book titled "Melania and Me-- the Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady," which was published six weeks ago, offers an unflattering portrayal of President Donald Trump's wife and was, for a time, on the "New York Times" Best Seller list.

A copy of the complaint seen by Reuters says, quote, "The United States seeks to hold Ms. Wolkoff to her contractual and fiduciary obligations and to ensure that she is not unjustly enriched by her breach of the duties she freely assumed when she served as an advisor to the first lady." Winston Wolkoff and Mrs. Trump signed the agreement in 2017. The government has asked that any profits Winston Wolkoff might make from the book and subsequent movie deal or documentaries be set aside in a constructive trust which would go to the Treasury Department.

In a statement issued late on Tuesday, Winston Wolkoff said she had fulfilled all the terms of her agreement with Melania Trump, and the confidentiality provisions ended when, quote, "the White House terminated the agreement." Winston Wolkoff's tenure at the White House ended in early 2018 after it was disclosed her company had received $26 million to help plan Trump's inauguration in January 2017.