Following a dispute with an Italian shoe brand in which she was accused of copying a design, First Daughter Ivanka Trump has been ordered by a judge to testify in the dispute.
Aquazzura Italia SRL, the Italian shoemaker, accused Ivanka of “creating a ‘virtually identical’ knockoff of its Wild Thing Shoe,” per to The Hill.
Ivanka, for her part, has denied any participation in the process, claiming that she “had no involvement in the conception, design, production or sale of the ‘Hettie Shoe,’” and that her “involvement was strictly limited to the final sign-off of each season’s line after it was first reviewed and approved by the company’s design team.”
U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest pushed back on her claim.
“Ms. Trump’s public statements regarding active and comprehensive brand management lead to a reasonable inference that the shoe at issue would not have been released without her approval. In such a situation a deposition is appropriate.”
The judge gave Trump the option to complete the deposition in Washington, D.C.
This, of course, would not be the first time that a member of the Trump family has come under fire for profiting off of the hard work of others. From her father’s nomination of nearly a half dozen people accused of plagiarism to his unwillingness to pay contractors who have worked for him, the Trump family is far from the “blue collar heroes” they claim to be.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.