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SoulCycle, Equinox Developer Defends Trump Fundraiser

SoulCycle, Equinox Developer Defends Trump Fundraiser

Related Companies chairman Stephen Ross. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 08 August 2019 07:56 PM

The developer behind fitness chains SoulCycle and Equinox defended his controversial decision to hold a fundraiser for President Donald Trump, and called himself a “champion” of equality and diversity.

In a statement to BuzzFeed News, Stephen Ross, the founder and chairman of The Related Companies, said he’s known Trump for 40 years. 

“And while we agree on some issues, we strongly disagree on many others and I have never been bashful about expressing my opinions,” Ross said.

“I have been, and will continue to be, an outspoken champion of racial equality, inclusion, diversity, public education and environmental sustainability, and I have and will continue to support leaders on both sides of the aisle to address these challenges.”

Ross is hosting a fundraiser for Trump’s reelection in the Hamptons on New York’s Long Island.

Celebrities including model Chrissy Teigen and comedian Billy Eichner have called for boycotts of Ross’ fitness centers.

SoulCycle and Equinox on Wednesday released statements distancing themselves from their parent company’s founder, calling him a “passive investor,” BuzzFeed reported.

“We want to let you know that Equinox and SoulCycle have nothing to do with the event and do not support it,” Equinox said in a statement, the news outlet reported. “We believe in tolerance and equality, and will always stay true to those values.”

The Washington Post, which first reported the expected Friday fundraiser, revealed tickets for the luncheon are priced at $100,000 for a photo opportunity and lunch, and attendees can pay $250,000 to be included in a roundtable discussion. 

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