That time a reporter was arrested for sneaking into Trump’s birthday party
Wayne Barrett has been a not-always-friendly biographer of The Donald.
Trump’s 1990 birthday party, held in the Crystal Ballroom at Trump’s Castle, one of his three financially declining Atlantic City casinos, was a show of happiness and social clout in the midst of the first major spate of critical media coverage of Trump’s career. As news of his divorce from Ivana, his affair with Marla Maples, and his failure to make scheduled debt payments turned a previously fawning press negative, Trump allowed entertainment reporters to cover the sycophantic festivities. But Barrett was blacklisted.
After being denied entry to the party, Barrett staked out a spot in Trump’s path as he approached the ballroom to ask him directly to let him in. The tycoon ignored the personal appeal and his bodyguard blocked Barrett from getting any closer.
Barrett’s third try was to sneak in, climbing the steps of a nearby stairwell, which he found led to a balcony connected to the ballroom. Thirty seconds later, he recalls, he was in handcuffs, under arrest by a sergeant from the Atlantic City Police Department on a charge of defiant trespass.