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Trump Deposed in Lawsuit Against Chef Jose Andres

Trump sued the chef after Andres canceled plans to open a Spanish-themed restaurant at the planned hotel

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    Just over two weeks from taking office, President-elect Donald Trump gave a videotaped deposition stemming from a lawsuit he filed after a celebrity chef backed out of plans to open at a restaurant at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

    Trump Organization lawyer Allen Garten said Thursday the deposition lasted about an hour and was "routine." Information on when the deposition occurred was not available immediately.

    It is rare for a president or president-elect to be deposed. It happened most recently to Bill Clinton in 1998 during the Paula Jones sexual harassment suit.

    Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and Ulysses Grant are the only other sitting presidents to face a deposition.

    Trump sued José Andrés after the chef canceled plans to open a Spanish-themed restaurant at the planned hotel. Andrés said he walked away from the deal after Trump made negative comments about Mexicans during his presidential campaign.

    "Donald Trump's recent statements disparaging immigrants make it impossible for my company and I to move forward with opening a successful Spanish restaurant in Trump International's upcoming hotel in Washington, D.C.," Andrés said in a statement he issued at the time.

    Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story.