An artist and Palm Beach resident with ties to the Getty family has sued the Mar-a-Lago Club and a Miami-based light and audio company after she says a metal rod from a light fixture cut her leg to the bone while she attended a ball at the club nearly four years ago.
Donna Long, through her Palm Beach Gardens attorney Timothy Felice, filed the lawsuit in Palm Beach County Circuit Court last week and is asking for the Trump family company that owns Mar-a-Lago and the Off the Wall sound company to pay her medical bills and other damages connected to a Jan. 11, 2014, incident where she says she was impaled by a protruding metal rod while attending the Perfect Pink charity ball for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Felice, reached by phone Thursday, said Donald Trump’s primary care physician tended to Long immediately after the accident and stopped the bleeding from the deep gash as she lay on the floor, covered in blood. But no one checked on Long afterward to see how she fared nor offered to help with her treatment, according to Felice.
“I’ve seen people on Facebook making light of what happened and her injuries, but what they don’t understand is her injury was serious,” Felice said. “She really can’t feel a portion of her leg anymore. Can you imagine being an active 76-year-old and suddenly having your mobility taken away from you, and having to depend on other people to do things for you that used to be able to do for yourself? That’s what she went through for a long time.”
Long, who is the younger half-sister of billionaire Gordon Getty born after their mother, Ann Rork, split from oil tycoon Paul Getty, also is a philanthropist and was unable to help on the ground with disaster relief efforts and other projects she would have been able to assist if not for her injury, Felice said.
Felice said he believed that there would have been no lawsuit had the companies involved simply apologized and offered their help. He declined to discuss any specific discussions between Mar-a-Lago officials or the sound company, saying those details would come out during the litigation.
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Trump’s name doesn’t appear in the lawsuit, and Felice on Thursday confirmed that Long remains an avid supporter of the president, who considers Mar-a-Lago his winter White House.
Long told the Palm Beach Daily News on Election Day a year ago that she voted for Trump.
“I’m so excited about this election,” Long said. “I voted for Trump, he’s a thinking man.”
Felice said that although Trump at one time headed the company that owns Mar-a-Lago, the lawsuit has nothing to do with him, and Long doesn’t hold the president personally responsible — neither for the accident nor for the company’s actions afterward.
“She’s never made a single negative comment to me about the president,” Felice said. “This isn’t about him, this is about a property owner and their need to take responsibility.”
Court records show officials at Mar-a-Lago were served with the lawsuit just before the Christmas holiday.