Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is no stranger to legal woes. However, his latest legal battle is likely to be a first for the Donald.
The USA Freedom Kids performed at a Trump event that was highly publicized, but their manager Jeff Popick has filed a lawsuit claiming that Trump’s campaign “broke verbal agreements for performances at two events and refused to pay even a $2,500 stipend for the group’s travel expenses.”
Popick reportedly reached an agreement with Trump’s team that allowed the group to sell merchandise at the event and forego any further compensation. The group’s manager agreed to the terms as he believed that they would be able to sell enough merchandise to cover their expenses. However, according to Popick, when they arrived at the venue of the event, the scene was “chaos.”
In short, their agreement was totally and completely violated by the Trump campaign.
There was no merchandise table, and it wouldn’t have mattered if there was one: Security didn’t allow the girls to bring any of their merchandise into the Pensacola Bay Center. They left it outside in the parking lot, where all of it—the T-shirts, the CDs, the patriotic posters—was stolen while the girls performed their act, Popick says.
Following this ordeal, the Trump campaign asked the group to perform again in Iowa for free. Their requests were modest — just a stipend to cover travel expenses. Although that request was denied, Popick still managed to get the children to Iowa. Upon arrival, they were told that their services were no longer needed.
The group’s manager has now sued the Trump campaign. Popick explained to the Daily Beast,
“We’re not suing for emotional distress and all that other stuff…That’s not what this is. This is tangible dollars I spent under false pretenses.”