NEW YORK - American real-estate tycoon Donald Trump reacted with rage to a lawsuit lodged against the self-styled Trump University on Monday, branding New York's top prosecutor "a total sleazebag."
On Twitter and in a series of blazing television interviews, Trump hit out at New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's "pathetic lawsuit" against him, which claims his business school was an elaborate scam.
In a string of angry Tweets, Trump referred to the attorney general as "dopey", "very stupid and ineffective" and "a total failure in office."
Schneiderman announced on Sunday he was suing the star of "The Apprentice" television show for allegedly swindling people into paying hefty fees at his Trump University to learn his investing techniques.
"More than 5,000 people across the country who paid Donald Trump $40 million (S$51 million) to teach them his hard sell tactics got a hard lesson in bait-and-switch," Schneiderman said in a statement.
"Mr. Trump used his celebrity status and personally appeared in commercials making false promises to convince people to spend tens of thousands of dollars they couldn't afford for lessons they never got."
Trump - who made his fortune in real-estate - has become known for his Twitter tirades, many of which are scathing attacks on the Obama administration.
The billionaire magnate on Monday accused Schneiderman of soliciting him for campaign funds and seeking publicity.