Following the announcement of real estate mogul Donald Trump suing celebrity chef, José Andrés, a former Mexican diplomat, Jorge Guajardo, has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo Life to help the chef with his legal battle.
According to International Business Times, Andrés pulled out of his deal in July to open a restaurant in Trump’s planned luxury hotel in Washington’s downtown Post Office Square after the businessman and presidential candidate called Mexican immigrants “criminals and rapists” in his candidacy speech.
“As a proud Spanish immigrant and recently naturalized American citizen myself, I believe that every human being deserves respect, regardless of immigration status.”
Trump is suing Andrés for $10 million in damages, citing the cost of finding a new tenant and lost rent. Guajardo stepped in and decided to use the crowdfunding method to help pay for Andres legal aid. He wrote:
Andrés, who was naturalized in 2013, revealed almost half of his planned staff for the project was Hispanic when he pulled out of the deal in July.
The media outlet added that the celebrity chef was just one of several business partners who severed ties with Trump after his widely condemned comments on Mexican immigrants. Macy’s department store as well as television companies NBC Universal and Univision, among others, distanced themselves from Trump, refusing to renew contracts.
Unfortunately, the campaign has reached only $7,000 in the past two weeks.
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