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Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser of U.S. President Donald Trump, attends a panel of the W20 Summit in Berlin Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The conference aims at building support for investment in women's economic empowerment programs. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Judge ordered Ivanka Trump to testify in lawsuit over shoe design


Ivanka Trump has been ordered by a judge to testify regarding a lawsuit with a Italian shoe company, who is accusing Trump of copying one of its shoe designs. 

The Florence, Italy-based company Aquazzura sued President Donald Trump's daughter last year, saying her Hettie shoe was a "virtually identical" knockoff of its popular "Wild Thing Shoe", including nearly the same color, shape and tassel on the heel. 

Trump denied having any involvement in the design. 

"I had no involvement in the conception, design, production or sale of the 'Hettie Shoe,'"Trump said according to the Associated Press."My involvement was strictly limited to the final sign-off of each season's line after it was first reviewed and approved by the company's design team."

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Aquazzura  "Wild Thing Shoe" design on the left, Trump's "Hettie" shoe design on the right.

The judge said the first daughter is expected to submit questions in a deposition that will be held by the end of October.

Ivanka Trump stepped down from her role at her company shortly before her father was inaugurated in January.Trump currently serves in an unpaid White House role as an adviser to President Donald Trump.

Some were not surprised by the lawsuit.

Others thought it should be thrown out. 

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