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Offbeat Trump atty: Other women's claims 'irrelevant' in Zervos suit

22:11  05 june  2018
22:11  05 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

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If she and Stormy Daniels succeed, how many other women will file suit ? Zervos , a former “Apprentice” contestant, came forward before the election to claim that Trump had kissed her open-mouthed more than once, grabbed her breast, and rubbed his crotch against her during a meeting in

The suit was filed in January of 2017, shortly before inauguration day, in state court in New York, where Zervos and Trump both lived at the time. For wrongful conduct not falling within his official duties, the President is subject to suit just like any other American.

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2017 file photo, Summer Zervos leaves Manhattan Supreme Court at the conclusion of a hearing in New York. Lawyers for President Donald Trump and Zervos, a former “Apprentice” contestant who sued the president for saying her sexual misconduct claims were lies, are scheduled to be in court Tuesday, June 5, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2017 file photo, Summer Zervos leaves Manhattan Supreme Court at the conclusion of a hearing in New York. Lawyers for President Donald Trump and Zervos, a former “Apprentice” contestant who sued the president for saying her sexual misconduct claims were lies, are scheduled to be in court Tuesday, June 5, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's lawyers say a former "Apprentice" contestant shouldn't be able to demand information on his campaign's discussions of other women who also accused him of sexual misconduct.

Judge Rules Trump Can Be Deposed in Defamation Lawsuit

  Judge Rules Trump Can Be Deposed in Defamation Lawsuit Summer Zervos, a former contestant on “The Apprentice," is suing President Donald Trump for defamation.President Donald Trump can be deposed in a defamation case a New York Judge ruled Tuesday.

If the suit goes to trial, Allred, who appeared at news conferences last year alongside three other Trump accusers, could bring other women to the stand. By filing in New York, Allred and Wang have chosen a state where Zervos ' s claims may be met with sympathy, said Robert Rabin, a Stanford

Lawyers for former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos , who alleged in October 2016 that Donald Trump inappropriately kissed and groped her years earlier, served a subpoena on Trump ’ s campaign asking that it preserve all documents about Zervos and the other women who accused Trump of

But ex-contestant Summer Zervos' lawyers say Trump's reactions to all the claims, which he vehemently denied as made-up, are relevant to her defamation lawsuit. She has accused him of slurring her by calling her a liar.

A judge hasn't yet settled the dispute, which emerged during a largely procedural hearing Tuesday. While Trump's legal team continues to try to get the case dismissed or delayed until after his presidency, a judge set a Jan. 31 deadline for depositions — sworn questioning out of court — of him and Zervos.

The prospect of the president being questioned under oath comes after Zervos and about a dozen other women accused him during his 2016 campaign of having sexually harassed or assaulted them, and a 2005 "Access Hollywood" recording emerged of him talking about aggressively groping women. Porn actress Stormy Daniels also has filed a defamation case against Trump, over his insinuation that she lied in saying they had an affair in 2006.

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“That’ s politics,” Kasowitz said, referring to Zervos ’ statement. He invoked a defamation suit brought against comedian Jerry Seinfeld after he denied that his wife Zervos ’ claims are among allegations made by at least nine other women that they were harassed or sexually assaulted by President Trump .

Trump denied the allegations, and, in his characteristically understated style, tweeted that those allegations, and similar allegations made by other women , were “nonsense,” lies,” “phony” and “100 percent fabricated.” Zervos then claimed that Trump ’ s comments amounted to defamation.

Zervos' lawyers have subpoenaed any records on his campaign's response to her — and to the "Access Hollywood" recording and to any accusations of inappropriate sexual touching or behavior.

Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz argued Tuesday that information on other women's claims was "irrelevant" to Zervos' defamation case.

Not so, said Zervos' attorney, Mariann Wang.

In this June 1, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, as he heads to Camp David for the weekend. Lawyers for President Donald Trump and Summer Zervos, a former “Apprentice” contestant who sued the president for saying her sexual misconduct claims were lies, are scheduled to be in court Tuesday, June 5, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) © The Associated Press In this June 1, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, as he heads to Camp David for the weekend. Lawyers for President Donald Trump and Summer Zervos, a former “Apprentice” contestant who sued the president for saying her sexual misconduct claims were lies, are scheduled to be in court Tuesday, June 5, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

"It's a defamation case, so we are required to prove the falsity of the statements, and his statements include statements about other women," she said outside court.

Why the Summer Zervos case might be the most dangerous for Trump

  Why the Summer Zervos case might be the most dangerous for Trump It's looking more likely President Trump will have to answer questions as part of a defamation lawsuit filed by a former contestant on "The Apprentice."A ruling by a New York state judge this week said Trump can be deposed in the defamation lawsuit filed by Summer Zervos, the former contestant who has accused Trump of unwanted advances.

Zervos is suing Trump for defamation after he said she lied about her claims . According to Zervos ' suit , 'Mr Trump became obsessed with calling Ms Zervos and any other woman who came forward to report his They said it targeted 'wholly irrelevant information intended solely to harass the president.'

Zervos filed her suit in New York Supreme Court on January 17 Facing accusations of inappropriate behavior from a number of women , Trump also sought to downgrade Zervos ’ claims by detailing how she continued to pursue a Among other things, Trump said that Zervos contacted him on April 14

Zervos' lawyers are looking for other information about Trump's behavior and attitudes toward women. The attorneys also have subpoenaed any "Apprentice" material that features Trump talking about Zervos or discussing other female contestants in a sexual or inappropriate way.

Trump's lawyers, meanwhile, are seeking a court order to keep some documents and information private. The details are yet to be worked out.

Such confidentiality agreements, meant to facilitate the exchange of information between opposing sides, aren't uncommon. Wang said Trump's lawyers initially signaled they wanted to seal a swath of filings in the case, but Kasowitz said Tuesday they would narrow their request.

But they are mindful of media interest and might seek additional protections if it "intrudes on the interests and rights of the litigants or looks like it would impair the ability to have a fair trial," Kasowitz said.

Zervos, a California restaurateur, appeared in 2006 on Trump's former reality show, "The Apprentice." She says he subjected her to unwanted kissing and groping when she sought career advice in 2007.

The Republican denied the claims from Zervos and other women, saying they were "100 percent fabricated" and "totally false" and his accusers were "liars." He specifically contested Zervos' allegations in a statement and retweeted a message that included her photo and described her claims as a "hoax."

Zervos says his words hurt her reputation, harmed her business and led to threats against her. She is seeking a retraction, an apology and compensatory and punitive damages.

Trump's attorneys have said his statements were true, and also that his remarks were "non-defamatory opinions" that came amid the heated public debate of a national political campaign.

They also argue that a sitting president cannot be sued in a state court, so the case should be thrown out or at least postponed until Trump is out of office. That argument is headed to an appeals court after Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Schecter rejected it in March.

Trump fails for the third time to stop the Summer Zervos defamation lawsuit .
New York Court of Appeals says the case can move forward. The New York Court Appeals denied Donald Trump’s motion to dismiss the Summer Zervos defamation lawsuit against him. This is the third time the president has tried and failed to get the case tossed or delayed, reports ABC News.Thursday‘s decision allows discovery in the case to move forward — something that Trump‘s legal team likely fears because it could force the president to testify about his treatment of women, among other things, under oath.

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