Mar 10th, 2017
Trump in the toilet
In Bladdergate case
Words: John Dean
Lawyers for Donald Trump’s Aberdeenshire golf course suffered a blow when a court dismissed their attempt to block the release of evidence in a privacy case, according to the Guardian.
Trump International Golf Course Scotland is being sued by a rambler, Rohan Beyts, who was secretly photographed urinating in sand dunes on the edge of the course in Aberdeenshire. The golf course complained to police that she had broken decency laws, but later the charges were dropped.
Beyts, a retired social worker, said the resort breached the Data Protection Act by taking photos of her, and her solicitor has asked Trump International Golf Course Scotland to pay her £3,000 in damages.
On Thursday, an Edinburgh court ruled that police witness statements from the staff who took the photos could be used as evidence, which runs counter to the Trump legal team’s wishes.
Beyts says Aberdeenshire police told her the golf course had photographic evidence of her ducking down in the dunes, implying that the company either showed the images to police or told police the images existed.
The Trump course’s lawyers say the employees did take photographs of Beyts but did so without the company’s approval.
The case is due to be heard in April.