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Judge rules defamation case against Trump may proceed

Posted by on Mar. 20, 2018 at 4:06 PM
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A defamation case brought by a former "Apprentice" contestant against President Donald Trump will move forward after a New York judge on Tuesday denied a defense motion for a dismissal or for a continuance of the case until he leaves office.

Summer Zervos, a former contestant on the NBC show, has accused Trump of sexually assaulting her in 2007. Trump has denied her claims, at one point dismissing Zervos' and another woman's accusations at a campaign rally, calling them "total fiction" and "all false stuff."

Zervos claims Trump kissed her twice on the lips during a lunch meeting in his New York City office, and on a separate occasion in Beverly Hills, she alleges he kissed her aggressively and touched her breast.


Lawyers for the President have "to answer within 10 days of notice of entry of this order," Judge Jennifer Schecter wrote.

The statute of limitations for the alleged misconduct has long passed.

So in January 2017, with attorney Gloria Allred by her side, Zervos tried a different legal approach. She sued for defamation, arguing that Trump injured her reputation by accusing her of lying.

Trump lawyers filed a motion to dismiss the case, arguing that a president has immunity from such lawsuits in state courts.

CNN's Athena Jones contributed to this report.
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msb64
by Platinum Member on Mar. 20, 2018 at 4:59 PM
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I'm curious what the next step is?  When does discovery begin because that should be interesting.

numbr1wmn
by Lina on Mar. 20, 2018 at 5:52 PM
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stupid
PamR
by Ruby Member on Mar. 20, 2018 at 7:18 PM
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Quoting numbr1wmn: stupid

Why?

BmoreRavens
by Platinum Member on Mar. 21, 2018 at 4:25 AM


Quoting PamR:


Quoting numbr1wmn: stupid

Why?

The Daily Mail reports that the cousin of Trump accuser Summer Zervos is also questioning claims made by his cousin regarding a sexual assault that reportedly took place in 2007.

Zervos claims that Trump touched her breasts, groped her, and forcefully kissed her in 2007 after she appeared on The Apprentice. The woman claims that Trump then “thrust his genitals” at her. However, Zervos’ cousin says that the woman has had nothing but positive things to say about Trump over the last decade and says that she even tried to reconnect with the business mogul earlier this year.

“[Zervos] had nothing but glowing things to say about [him] for nearly a decade.”

The Trump campaign followed the cousin’s claims by providing an email that Zervos reportedly sent to a senior staff member of Trump’s earlier this year. In a portion of the email, Zervos seems to praise Trump as “honest” and “working hard.”

“He has witnessed both my highs and lows operating a small business and I am pleased to report that business is good. Sunny’s Restaurant has a long history of making people feel special. We hire a diverse crew and embrace anyone who is honest while working hard. Mr Trump is cut from the same cloth.”

 

The cousin claims that Zervos has made the sexual allegations after Trump denied her offer to visit her California restaurant. The cousin says she was angry when Trump refused her invitation, so the sexual assault claims are retaliation.

However, Zervos says that her cousin is wrong and that the email was sent in a bid to “clear the air” about what had happened.

BmoreRavens
by Platinum Member on Mar. 21, 2018 at 4:28 AM

BmoreRavens
by Platinum Member on Mar. 21, 2018 at 4:46 AM

You gotta watch this video to the end.

Is Zervos telling the truth or lying?

joyfree
by Ruby Member on Mar. 21, 2018 at 6:04 AM
“John Barry” is her cousin’s name?

Sounds suspiciously similar to the alias Trumpy used to callthe media when he was trying to garner attention for himself——remember “John Barron”?

Quoting BmoreRavens:

PamR
by Ruby Member on Mar. 21, 2018 at 8:27 AM

So her cousin is disputing it, therefore it didn't happen?

Quoting BmoreRavens:


Quoting PamR:


Quoting numbr1wmn: stupid

Why?

The Daily Mail reports that the cousin of Trump accuser Summer Zervos is also questioning claims made by his cousin regarding a sexual assault that reportedly took place in 2007.

Zervos claims that Trump touched her breasts, groped her, and forcefully kissed her in 2007 after she appeared on The Apprentice. The woman claims that Trump then “thrust his genitals” at her. However, Zervos’ cousin says that the woman has had nothing but positive things to say about Trump over the last decade and says that she even tried to reconnect with the business mogul earlier this year.

“[Zervos] had nothing but glowing things to say about [him] for nearly a decade.”

The Trump campaign followed the cousin’s claims by providing an email that Zervos reportedly sent to a senior staff member of Trump’s earlier this year. In a portion of the email, Zervos seems to praise Trump as “honest” and “working hard.”

“He has witnessed both my highs and lows operating a small business and I am pleased to report that business is good. Sunny’s Restaurant has a long history of making people feel special. We hire a diverse crew and embrace anyone who is honest while working hard. Mr Trump is cut from the same cloth.”

 

The cousin claims that Zervos has made the sexual allegations after Trump denied her offer to visit her California restaurant. The cousin says she was angry when Trump refused her invitation, so the sexual assault claims are retaliation.

However, Zervos says that her cousin is wrong and that the email was sent in a bid to “clear the air” about what had happened.


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