A Gawker piece calling Donald Trump’s infamous coiffure a weave could land the publication in yet another lawsuit.
Last month, Gawker writer Ashley Feinberg launched an investigation into Trump’s famous glimmering nest-atop-head, based on information gleaned from an unnamed tipster, positing that it was a weave — the work of Ivari International.
But the company’s owner, Edward Ivari, was apparently not flattered by the idea that Trump’s much-talked about hair may not be hair, but a $60,000 “microcylinder intervention,” performed by the company in the Trump Tower building in New York — located on a private floor reserved for Trump’s office.
The story calls Trump’s hair a “cotton candy hairspray labyrinth.”
It seems to be more than a simple lawsuit, but instead another part of the Gawker legal saga.
The letter sent to Gawker by attorney Charles J. Harder claims Ivari suffered emotional distress and privacy invasion as a result of the story. Gawker reports that Harder is an attorney hired by Peter Thiel, a tech CEO who has a longstanding beef with Gawker. According to Forbes, Gawker outed his sexuality publicly in a 2007 post.
Thiel funded Hulk Hogan’s successful lawsuit against Gawker, which resulted in the publication filing for bankruptcy and going up for sale.
According to Gawker, Ivari’s lawyer demanded “immediate removal of the story from Gawker, a public apology, the preservation of ‘all physical and electronic documents, materials and data in your possession’ related to the story, and, notably, that we reveal our sources. ”
Gawker so far has refused to comply and in a recent post defended itself, calling the claims “ridiculous.”
As for Trump, he has maintained that his hair is all real. In August, responding to allegations that his mane was a toupee, he allowed a woman to come onstage at a South Carolina rally and tug on it to prove it wasn’t.
“It’s my hair, I swear,” he said.
Earlier this month, an investigative report by USA Today revealed that Trump has been involved in a record-setting 3,500 lawsuits. So far, no word on whether Trump will make the Gawker story number 3,501.