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Trump Says ‘Times’man Missed Billions Because of Blonde

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Donald Trump may have perfected the art of self-promotion, but he’s also showing an over-the-top knack for getting even. Last week, he filed a libel lawsuit seeking a minimum of $5 billion in damages resulting from Times business writer and TrumpNation author Timothy O’Brien’s “malicious” lowballing of Trump’s net worth. Buried in the legal complaint, which Trump personally edited and peppered with self-congratulatory phrases, Trump accuses the writer of wasting his research time flirting with one of Trump’s in-house lawyers, a dirty-blonde Atlanta native named Michelle Scarbrough. “[O’Brien] was highly inappropriate,” says Scarbrough, who’s appeared on The Apprentice. Scarbrough says O’Brien was acting “way too casual” and invited her to his New Jersey home for dinner. O’Brien believes Trump is using Scarbrough as a mechanism to smear his reputation. “Donald’s always full of surprises,” O’Brien writes in an e-mail. “That’s what makes him so interesting.”


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