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1990: Donald was overextended with debt. His casinos were defaulting on bond interest. He divorced Ivana, and his business was essentially in the control of his creditors, who kept him on for his celebrity name and gave him an allowance.
1991: Donald displayed his new wife-to-be, Marla Maples, at a prizefight at his Taj Mahal casino. The crowd chanted, "Mar-la! Mar-la!" Donald beamed. A writer from Esquire was with them, doing a profile on him. Referring to the press, Donald told the writer, "You know, it really doesn't matter what they write, as long as you've got a young and beautiful piece of ass."
And so on. And so on. But you get the idea: Trump is a class act who always tells the truth and keeps himself in the public eye by bullying people regularly with frivolous lawsuits.
At the start of his career in hype and carnival barking, the press fawned over him; he made great copy. It's refreshing that reality has finally crept into the coverage.
Another species of reality crept in on December 12, when O'Brien did a book signing at Coliseum Books on 42nd Street. As the event drew to a close, according to a witness, a man approached O'Brien at the signing table, leaned over, and told him quietly that if he didn't stop doing publicity for the book, "we're going to get you." The man was Marc E. Kasowitz, Trump's lead lawyer in the lawsuit.
Asked by the Voice if he was at the book signing, Kasowitz said, "No comment." Asked about the remark the witness overheard, he said: "I never said that to anybody"and then he laughed nervously.