The Trump Organization is suing Kris Jenner’s former business school for $1 million in rent
Companies associated with two reality TV stars, donald trump and Kris Jennerare arguing in court for over $1.04 million in unpaid rent.
The Trump Organization for follow-up Legacy Business Schoolwhose board of directors was once chaired by Jenner, for failing to pay rent since January for his trump tower space, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in New York County Supreme Court.
Owner wants court to order ‘sheriff or marshal of New York’ to evict Legacy, saying he refused to hand over part of 19th floor 725 Fifth Avenue even after the Trump Organization canceled his lease on July 6, according to the filing.
(Disclosure: Observer media President Joseph Meyer Is married to Nicole Kushner Meyerthe sister of Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.)
Legacy signed a 20-year lease to the tour in 2010 and first fall $198,000 behind on rent in 2020the Washington Post reported. School investors revealed backlogs when they sued Legacy founder Alessandro Nomellini for allegedly defrauding them by taking additional shares of the company. He managed to pay his bills to Trump in October and November, but hasn’t paid a dime since, Trump claimed.
A judge ordered Nomellini from the Legacy and its Fifth Avenue offices in April, and now Trump wants the same. It is unclear if Legacy still operates out of Trump Tower. The company’s website seems to have expired.
Legacy officials could not immediately be reached for comment, and its affiliate, the European School of Economics, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A lawyer for the Trump Organization declined to comment.
The for-profit school opened in Trump Tower in 2016 with Jenner as its public face, charging around $105,000 in annual tuition and offering its first 100 students an “exclusive dinner” with Jenner herself, The Daily Beast reported.
However, it quickly came under scrutiny after the Daily Beast revealed that Legacy was simply a rebranding of the European School of Economics. — a company New York State Department of Education claimed to have illegally advertised and obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees despite having no state permission to do so.
Legacy also became the target of a 2016 lawsuit from its former publicist. Richard Rubenstein after Rubenstein claimed Legacy shorted it $57,000 in unpaid bills, Page Six reported. Jennifer left school the same yearclaiming that she was “unable to devote the necessary time” to the project, the International Business Times reported.
But the European School of Economics is no stranger to lawsuits as it has been sued at least a dozen times for failing to pay its debts to various US companies, Page Six reported.
Donald Trump, who led the Trump Organization until his presidential election in 2016, has had his fair share of legal battles. In 2018, a federal court approved a $25 million settlement with students who claimed they were duped by Trump and his now closed Trump University, NBC reported. Additionally, the New York Attorney General Letitia James opened a still ongoing investigation in 2019 to find out whether the Trump Organization misled investors in the way it valued its properties.
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