Jessica Anne Manafort, the daughter of Paul Manafort, has filed a petition in the Manhattan Supreme Court to officially change her last name, the Daily Mail reported on Sunday.
Paul Manafort, who was President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, was found guilty last month on eight counts of tax fraud and bank fraud.
Jessica Manafort said she wants to take her mother’s maiden name, Bond, although a judge has yet to approve the request.
“I would like my new name to be Jessica Anne Bond, in place of my present name,” the 36-year-old wrote in the filing, adding that it “more closely suits [her] profession,” according to The Hill.
Jessica Manafort is an independent filmmaker who has already used the name “Jess Bond” professionally with the release of the new film “Rosy.”
Manafort told the Los Angeles Times that she is using the name Bond “not to hide, but to separate myself from everything going on because it has nothing to do with me or my work.”
She explained that “I am a passionate liberal and a registered Democrat and this has been difficult for me. Although I am ‘the daughter of,’ I am very much my own person and hopefully people can realize that.”
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