Woman suing Trump: “Somebody had to stand up to him”
BY KIM JANSSEN Federal Courts Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org May 20, 2013 12:56PM
Jackie Goldberg (left) sued Donald Trump (right) because she feels she was conned into buying two hotel condo units in the downtown Trump Tower in 2006. | Brian Jackson~Sun-Times
Updated: June 22, 2013 6:22AM
An 87-year-old Evanston woman who says Donald Trump ripped her off to the tune of $500,000 testified Monday that she’s suing because “somebody had to stand up to him.”
Jackie Goldberg, a local real estate investor not in the same league as Trump — whose estimated net worth is $3 billion, according to Forbes — took the stand in federal court for a second day, describing for jurors the first time she believed Trump had conned her in a bait-and-switch.
“I thought that I was in never-never land,” Goldberg said of the moment she learned that Trump had seized complete control of the Trump International Hotel’s ballroom and valet parking after she put down a $500,000 deposit in 2006 on two hotel condos and a stake in the ballroom and parking businesses.
“We had an agreement and all of a sudden it’s all been turned topsy-turvy,” she added, saying she’d then tried to back out of the deal because “I didn’t want to be in business with someone who would cheat me — how could I know that he wouldn’t do it again?”
Goldberg, who has paid $11 million cash for property since the mid-1990s, said her battle with Trump made her “angry” but that Trump’s wealth and reputation made her think twice before taking him on in court.
Though Goldberg began her testimony confidently on Friday afternoon, showing a remarkable memory for detail that Trump himself could not match during his testimony, she stumbled a couple of times Monday under cross-examination from Trump’s attorney, Stephen Novack.
When she failed to recall that she’d been deposed twice, rather than once, in the long-running case, Novack pointedly asked her, “Do you sometimes have problems remembering things, Mrs. Goldberg?”
Trump himself last week accused the 87-year-old of “playing the age card.”
He claims Goldberg got buyer’s remorse after purchasing the condos and is now trying to wriggle out of the deal.
The trial could wrap up Tuesday.