Former ‘Apprentice’ contestant Summer Zervos was one of the women who came forward during the 2016 campaign to accuse Donald Trump of unwanted groping and kissing.
Now she is pursuing a defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump, after he dismissed her claims as lies.
“I’ve suffered terribly as a result of defendant’s (Trump’s) lies and attacks upon me,” Zervios said.
Trump’s legal team pursued a stay in this case until an appeals court decides whether they will dismiss the case or postpone it until after he has left the White House.
Today, the Supreme Court’s appellate division based in New York City denied the stay and ruled Zervos’s lawsuit may proceed.
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) May 17, 2018
President Trump's 2nd attempt to get a stay in Summer Zervos' defamation lawsuit was denied
"We look forward to proving Ms. Zervos’s claim that Defendant lied when he maliciously attacked her for reporting his sexually abusive behavior" her lawyer said https://t.co/oVrhtoxf75
— Mary Ann Georgantopoulos (@marygeorgant) May 17, 2018
Zervos is seeking a retraction, an apology and punitive damages from Trump. And her lawyers have subpoenaed video of her and Trump on The Apprentice.
Summer Zervos' team issued subpoenas to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and the Beverly Hills Hotel as part of their effort to prove that Trump lied "when he falsely denigrated Ms. Zervos and denied sexually assaulting her,” Zervos' attorney, Mariann Meier Wang said. May 31 is the deadline pic.twitter.com/qwRfjU0sV4
— David P Gelles (@gelles) May 17, 2018
The Internet cheered the news.
Lordy, I hope there are Apprentice tapes
— Simon (@firepunchd) May 17, 2018
Thanks goodness for reasoned decisions.
— Greg Moore, Esq. (@gregmlaw) May 17, 2018
— Penny Gold, Esq.🏳️🌈 (@GoldenPenny1987) May 17, 2018
Of course, Donald Trump is famous for filing defamation lawsuits himself, whether it’s against the media or author Timothy O’Brien. Between Zervos’s suit and the Stormy Daniels defamation suit, it appears the shoe is on the other foot.