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Did Donald Trump try to stiff a dying Sammy Davis Jr.?

WASHINGTON, D.C. – JULY 21: Frank Sinatra sings to a sellout crowd at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C. Backing Sinatra was the Nelson Riddle Orchestra on July 21, 1991 in Washington DC (Photo Credit: Northfoto)

Elie Weisman is spilling the beans in her new book, The Way it Was, due to be released on October 24. Weisman managed the Chairman of the Board from 1975 to 1998. As she recounts a 1990 exchange with Donald Trump, she says that the cost of the 12 dates Frank Sinatra was scheduled to perform on was “a little rich.” The Rat Pack member planned to perform at the opening of Trump’s Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey along with fellow member Sammy Davis Jr.

Sammy Davis Jr. performs live on stage at a USO Show in Long Binh, Vietnam on February 23, 1972. (Photo Credit: Bill Ragan)

The deal was initially forged with then casino operator Mark Grossinger Etess, who died in a helicopter crash before it could be finalized. When Trump assumed power and word got back to Sinatra that he thought he was over charging and the response was reportedly, “go f*** himself.”

HERSHEY, PA – DECEMBER 15, 2016: President-Elect Donald Trump smiles as he pauses during a speech at a “Thank You” tour rally held at the Giant Center. (Photo Credit: Evan El-Amin)

Trump decided he didn’t want the additional acts that were part of the original deal which mean Davis Jr, who was just diagnosed with cancer. Sinatra performed at the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas instead. On April 2 1990, Trump Taj Mahal, the 12th and largest casino in Atlantic City at the time opened for business. Davis Jr. passed away shortly after on May 16, 1990 of complications from throat cancer.

1 Comment

  1. Guest on October 17, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Trump is lucky this wasn’t the Frank S. from back in the day. He may not have gotten off so easy.