Federal Judge orders Ivanka Trump to testify over 'knockoff' shoe design

Aaron Brown
June 26, 2017

Trump's lawyers recently requested a protective order barring her from testifying.

As a result of the federal lawsuit from the Italian shoe company, which was filed on behalf of Aquazzura on June 21, 2016, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest ruled on Friday in Manhattan that Ivanka will have to testify for two hours about the accusations of Ivanka's company knocking off the shoe design.

In ruling, the judge said, "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", she continued.

"Accordingly, she can not avoid a deposition in this matter".

Forrest wrote that Ivanka Trump's deposition is necessary because she was a company executive during the time the shoes were made and had "high-level, authoritative, personal involvement" in the company.

Her manufacturer has flatly rejected the charge.

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Aquazzura's Wild Thing sandal (left) and Ivanka Trump's Hettie sandal (right).

"I had no involvement in the conception, design, production or sale of the 'Hettie Shoe, '" she said, and claimed they were under the purview of licensee Marc Fisher, who is also named in the suit.

Forrest ruled that Ivanka Trump's deposition must be kept to under two hours and done in Washington, D.C., where she now resides. Its lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

Aquazzura, in its lawsuit, said its shoe designs had "skyrocketed to fame in the fashion world" since the company was formed in 2011, with its footwear "coveted by fashionistas and celebrities alike".

The Aquazzura "Wild Thing" shoe was ripped off by Ivanka's "Hettie" model, according to the lawsuit, and according to photos like the above one from Twitter users claiming that Ivanka will likely lose this lawsuit.

"Defendants have copied almost every detail of Plaintiff's well-known and coveted Wild Thing Shoe, from the shape and silhouette to the fringe covering the toes, to the tassel on the heel", lawyers for Aquazzura wrote in the lawsuit.

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