Trump files lawsuit against co-founders of Truth Social, alleging stock forfeiture for former ‘Apprentice’ contestants

Trump files lawsuit against co-founders of Truth Social, alleging stock forfeiture for former ‘Apprentice’ contestants

Donald Trump sued two of his fellow co-founders of his newly public Trump Media & Technology Group Corp. (TMTG) alleging that because they set the company up improperly they aren’t entitled to any stock in it.

The lawsuit filed late last month in Florida state court claims Andy Litinsky and Wes Moss — who were both contestants on Trump’s NBC reality TV series “The Apprentice” — violated an agreement about the setup of TMTG and don’t deserve their 8.6% stake.

Their shares are currently valued at a collective $606 million, according to Bloomberg.

Donald Trump sued two of his fellow co-founders of his newly public Trump Media & Technology Group Corp., Andy Litinsky and Wes Moss, claiming they made a series of costly mistakes “that caused significant damage.” Tork Mason / USA TODAY NETWORK

The duo also made a series of costly mistakes “that caused significant damage to TMTG and a decline in the stock price of its merger partner,” according to the lawsuit.

After TMTG’s flashy stock market debut under the ex-president’s initials “DJT,” it surged to more than $70 before closing at roughly $66 a share on March 27. So far this week, however, prices have plunged and the company closed at $51.60 on Tuesday.

Trump blamed Moss and Litinsky in the court filing for the firm’s losses, where he alleged that they “failed spectacularly at every turn,” including when “they failed to get the corporate governance established” and later “began ceaseless attempts to thwart” the SPAC deal in the struggle for their respective stakes.

“This was a phenomenal opportunity for Moss and Litinsky,” the suit notes, adding that they were both “riding President Trump’s coattails.”

The stock dropped 21% on Monday alone after TMTG disclosed in a securities filing that it suffered a $58 million loss in 2023 and needed money from Trump’s blank-check firm in order to keep operating — a performance that fueled skepticism about its roller-coaster IPO launch that led experts to dub it another “meme stock” like AMC and GameStop.

Trump’s net worth surged and tumbled along with TMTG’s share price, which ultimately slumped and sent the presumptive Republican nominee’s fortune spiraling 14%, to $6.4 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaire’s Index.

Litinsky (left) and Moss (right) were both contestants on Trump’s NBC reality TV series “The Apprentice.” The duo reportedly pitched the idea of Truth Social after Trump was barred from then-Twitter in the wake of the Capitol riot. WireImage

Trump owns 57% of the company, according to the filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission obtained by Bloomberg, with his stake now worth $4.02 billion on paper.

Trump’s suit is just the latest in his court battle with Moss and Litinsky, who were credited for pitching the idea of a copycat Twitter platform called Truth Social in early 2021 after Trump lost his White House bid and was barred from the social media site now known as X in the wake of the Capitol riot.

Litinsky and Moss brought their own suit against the former president in Delaware Chancery Court over their promised stake in the social media company.

Even with its slump, TMTG currently has a market capitalization of about $6.4 billion.

Trump is unable to sell any of his 57% shares in the company due to a six-month lockup related to his New York civil fraud case.

Litinsky and Moss brought their own suit against the former president in Delaware Chancery Court over their promised stake in Truth Social. FellowNeko – stock.adobe.com

Delaware Judge Sam Glasscock III declined to fast-track Litinsky and Moss’s suit after Trump’s lawyers agreed to avoid lessening the value of their shares, Bloomberg reported.

But at a hearing Monday, the pair told the judge they plan to seek an order barring Trump’s subsequent Florida suit from going forward while they litigate claims that Trump planned to target their stake all along.

Glasscock told the court he was “gobsmacked” to learn of Trump’s Florida suit, which he filed instead of bringing counterclaims against the two in Glasscock’s own courtroom, according to Bloomberg. As a result he’s mulling possible sanctions against the former president in the Delaware case.

The Post has sought comment from Trump, Litinsky, and Moss.

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