NEW YORK -- A state appeals court Tuesday gave Donald Trump the green light to sue his former wife, Ivana, for violating her divorce promise to keep the affairs of their marriage and family confidential.
The appellate division of state Supreme Court court unanimously reaffirmed its April 16 decision upholding the confidentiality clause signed by Mrs. Trump when she agreed to a $10 million settlement at the time of the couple's March 22 divorce.
Ivana had sought to overturn the decision.
The decision removed Trump from any restraint in going ahead with his plans to void the divorce settlement, mainly on the grounds that his former wife based a novel, 'For Love Alone,' on their marriage.
'This is a great victory for all people who believe in the sanctity of contracts,' Trump commented after hearing the court's decision. 'I am extremely please with the decision.
After the court's April 16 decision, Mrs. Trump engaged attorney Floyd Abrams, who claimed Trump's attorneys had deceived the court in their presentation of the real estate millionaire's claims. Abrams sought to stay any action on Trump's part to sue his wife, but this was overruled by the 5-0 appellate decision.
Altogether, Mrs. Trump received about $25 million from Trump, including the $10 million cash settlement. This included an estate in Greenwich, Conn., an apartment in New York's Trump Tower and use of an estate in Palm Beach, Fla. In addition Trump pays $300,000 a year in support for his three children.
Trump also has brought a suit in state Supreme Court charging that Mrs. Trump has been cohabiting with an Italian industrialist, Riccardo Mazzucchelli, since their divorce, thereby relieving Trump of his alimony obligations of $400,000 a year. Action on that suit is still pending.