Trump Jr.’s request for courtroom artist to make him ‘look sexy’ was in jest, artist believes

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Jr. requested a courtroom sketch artist to, “make me look sexy,” during a break in former president Donald Trump’s New York civil trial Thursday.

Trump Jr. made the request to Reuters courtroom sketch artist Jane Rosenberg after finishing his time on the witness stand, citing a faked courtroom sketch of former cryptocurrency tycoon Sam Bankman-Freid, according to Reuters.

Rosenberg said she felt that the request was in jest.

“The day before he asked me to make him look handsome and when the photographers were escorted in to take pictures he commented that he should have worn makeup that day,” Rosenberg said in an email.

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Evidence ties Trump’s sons to false valuations

Trump’s sons have testified that they were not involved in any scheme to inflate their father’s assets.

State lawyer Andrew Amer presented multiple communications and other evidence that showed discussing estimates of the value of some of the company’s properties, including changes to how a golf course was valued, according to Reuters.

“Certainly I was aware of it, but I don’t think I was the main person involved, or even very involved,” Eric said of the appraisal of Trump’s Seven Springs estate in New York.

During Eric’s second day on the stand Friday, Amer presented documents that showed Eric attesting to the accuracy of his father’s financial statements in loan applications for properties, including the Trump National Doral golf club.

The state also presented evidence that Eric discussed classifying the Mar-A-Lago estate as a private residence, though in 2002 the Trump Organization signed a deed with the National Trust for Historic Preservation exclusively limiting the property to being used as a club.

Donald Jr. testified Thursday that accountants within and outside of the Trump Organization were the cause of the inflated asset values.

Donald Jr. described himself as the “point person” on getting many Trump hotel management deals done between 2011 and 2020. He said he played a key role in licensing deals that allow third parties to use the Trump name. However, when it came to various accounting issues, he said he relied on the expertise of others.

“They had more information and details on all of this than I would have,” Donald Jr. said.

The state presented evidence that both Donald Jr. and Eric signed statements that certified that they had presented accurate information to the accounting firm Mazars.

New York State Supreme Court judge Joseph Engoron ruled in September that the Trump Organization inflated the value of his assets and net worth to deceive financial institutions and those he went into business with. The proceedings are to determine penalties.

New York Attorney General Letitia James is seeking penalties of up to $250 million and a permanent ban on Donald Trump and his sons from owning companies in New York.

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Renowned artist made news with Tom Brady sketch

Thursday was not the first time Rosenberg has reached national notoriety for her courtroom sketches.

Rosenberg created a sketch of then-New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady that went viral for a lack of resemblance to the NFL star during the 2015 “Deflategate” trial.

Rosenberg is considered one of the premier courtroom sketch artists in the country and has covered multiple high-profile cases.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Donald Trump Jr. asks courtroom artist to make him ‘sexy’ during trial

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