Donald Trump is engaged in another lawsuit to keep the details of his divorce from Ivana Trump out of the public eye.
The New York real estate mogul turned presidential candidate divorced his first wife and the mother of his three eldest children in 1990, and 26 years later publications including the New York Times have requested to view the papers.
The publications seeking the divorce papers argued that they needed more evidence as to how Mr Trump treated his ex-wife following her accusation that he raped her in 1989.
Mr Trump denied the claim and Ms Trump later retracted the allegation, saying she had not meant rape “in the criminal sense”.
Their divorce was granted on the ground of “cruel and inhuman treatment” and they reached an undisclosed settlement.
Further transparency on the candidate is also in the public interest, argue the New York Times and the Gannett newspaper, following his controversial and "sexist" comments about women, with whom he is ranking low in the polls.
State law mandates that divorce records only should be made public “under special circumstances”.
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
1/14 On Isis:
"Some of the candidates, they went in and didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work and sweated like dogs, and they didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?"
2/14 On immigration:
"I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
3/14 On Free Trade:
"Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people."
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4/14 On Mexicans:
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists."
5/14 On China:
"I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?... I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower."
6/14 On work:
"If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."
7/14 On success:
"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."
8/14 On life:
"Everything in life is luck."
9/14 On ambition:
"You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"
10/14 On his opponents:
"Bush is totally in favour of Common Core. I don't see how he can possibly get the nomination. He's weak on immigration. He's in favour of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can't do it."
11/14 On Obamacare:
"You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, a tractor, to use it, because the deductibles are so high. It's virtually useless. And remember the $5 billion web site?... I have so many web sites, I have them all over the place. I hire people, they do a web site. It costs me $3."
12/14 On Barack Obama:
"Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him. I have the best courses in the world. I have one right next to the White House."
13/14 On himself:
"Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money."
14/14 On America:
"The American Dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great again."
Ms Trump’s lawyer, Ira Garr, argued that the candidate's ex-wife was a private citizen and had “already been made to suffer enormous public humiliation and embarrassment having her personal affairs exploited before the public in one of the most publicised divorces in history.”
Marc Kasowitz, Mr Trump’s lawyer, accused the media of engaging upon a “fishing expedition”, as reported by New York Daily News.
He said the media is “concocting” three reasons to get the papers: the public interest, the passage of time and prior public statements about their marriage and divorce.
Allowing newspapers to “rummage through” the sealed documents would, he said, “override the public interest”.
In court papers filed on behalf of the news organisations seeking the divorce records’ release, lawyer David McCraw said that the public has a right to know more about the candidate’s marital fidelity as it reflects their character and “fitness for office”.
He noted that Mr Trump attacked Bill Clinton’s lack of fidelity to his wife, Hillary Clinton, and that voters should not have to rely on a “patchwork of disclosed, partially sealed documents and public statements […].”
The divorce battle and the ensuing settlement was also chronicled the 1993 book, Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump.
The outcome of the case will be decided within a few weeks by Justice Frank Nervo at the matrimonial division of the Manhattan Supreme Court.