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Donald Trump testifies at Chicago trial

May 14, 2013 • Business


Donald Trump arrives at federal court Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in Chicago. Trump is set to testify at a civil trial where he’s accused of enticing investors to buy condos at his Chicago skyscraper with promises of profit-sharing, then quietly reneging on them. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

CHICAGO (AP) — A sometimes prickly, sometimes boastful Donald Trump testified Tuesday at a civil trial where the developer-turned-TV personality is accused of using false promises to entice an 87-year-old investor into buying condos at his namesake Chicago skyscraper.

The real estate magnate — who gained famed for scrutinizing contestants and firing ones he deemed incompetent on his “Apprentice” TV show — was the one on the hot seat as a plaintiff’s attorney grilled him over allegations he had engaged in a bait-and-switch.

Trump, who is scheduled to resume his testimony Wednesday, took the stand Tuesday afternoon for an hour’s worth of often-blistering questions about the development of his glitzy Trump International Hotel & Tower.

Pacing the floor, attorney Shelly Kulwin balked aloud as Trump several times described himself as an accomplished executive who valued Login to read more

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