New York (AP) — President Donald Trump’s eldest son and a former aide to his son- in-law, as well as his son’s business partner, are joining a class action lawsuit against the Japanese electronics giant over its alleged role in the deaths of three teenagers and the hacking of Sony’s computer systems, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said Tuesday.
The lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court says that at least 14 former and current Trump business associates, including Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and son-of-sister Ivanka Trump, have joined the class action and are suing Sony and the Japanese government for damages and punitive damages.
It says the suits are the latest in a long string of lawsuits alleging wrongdoing by Sony, which has denied any wrongdoing.
“The plaintiffs have alleged that Sony knowingly allowed hackers to gain access to its computer systems and other sensitive information, and that the company willfully concealed its knowledge of the attacks and did nothing to stop them,” said James Tisch, the lawyer representing the plaintiffs.
“The allegations are based on documents provided by the plaintiffs, and they have not been corroborated by other parties.
The class action is based on evidence and witnesses who have come forward.”
The lawsuit seeks damages and unspecified punitive damages, including for losses suffered by the victims, who were 13 years old and 15 years old when they were killed.
Sony says it does not know how many people have joined, but said it has reached out to the plaintiffs for help.