Chef Jose Andres, Trump Organization Settle Hotel Lawsuit
Donald Trump Jr. said he is pleased to "move forward cooperatively, as friends"
President Donald Trump's company and celebrity chef José Andrés have settled a legal dispute that started nearly two years ago when Andrés backed out of a plan to open a restaurant at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Andrés' ThinkFoodGroup and The Trump Organization issued a statement Friday saying the lawsuit has been settled. The deal's terms are confidential.
The lawsuit dates to 2015, when the D.C. chef backed out of a plan to open a restaurant in the hotel, citing then-candidate Trump's statements "disparaging immigrants."
On Friday, Andrés, himself a Spanish immigrant, said in a statement that he was "pleased that we were able to resolve our differences and move forward cooperatively, as friends."
Donald Trump Jr., one of Trump's sons who is running the organization, also said in the statement that he is pleased to "move forward cooperatively, as friends."