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Judge Clears Way For Trump Deposition In Summer Zervos Defamation Suit

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NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump misplaced his newest bid Monday to delay a former “Apprentice” contestant’s defamation swimsuit as he faces a Jan. 31 deadline to bear pretrial questioning within the case, which includes claims of undesirable kissing and groping.

A New York appellate choose rejected Trump’s request, that means that Summer Zervos’ case can proceed, a minimum of for now. Trump’s legal professionals signaled they intend to pursue extra authorized avenues to attempt to maintain off Summer Zervos’ case.

The regulation agency, Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, stated in a press release Monday it’s happy that an appeals choose OK’d a speedy schedule for Trump’s subsequent spherical of court docket papers.

Zervos’ lawyer, Mariann Wang, declined to remark.

Zervos, a California restaurateur, appeared on “The Apprentice” when Trump hosted the present in 2006. She alleges the then-businessman subjected her to unwelcome advances when she sought profession recommendation in 2007.

She says he defamed her by calling her a liar when she got here ahead publicly throughout his 2016 presidential marketing campaign. Both he and he or she are Republicans.

His legal professionals have argued his statements weren’t defamatory.

Trump’s attorneys have repeatedly tried to get the case dismissed, or postponed till after his presidency. They argue that the U.S. Constitution prevents sitting presidents from being sued in state courts over alleged actions that aren’t associated to their official duties.

A midlevel New York appeals court docket dominated in opposition to Trump in a 3-2 determination in March.

Monday’s determination got here after Trump’s legal professionals sought to freeze the case whereas they ask judges to revisit earlier denials. They pointed to the division on the appeals court docket, in addition to to choices placing sure different lawsuits in opposition to Trump on maintain in New York and a few federal courts.

Zervos was amongst greater than a dozen girls who got here ahead throughout Trump’s 2016 marketing campaign to accuse him of sexual assault or sexual harassment through the years.

Trump referred to as them “liars” attempting to hurt him with “100 percent fabricated” tales. He additionally issued a press release denying Zervos’ allegations and retweeted a message calling them “a hoax.”

Zervos is in search of a retraction, an apology and damages.

The two sides have agreed to a Jan. 31 deadline for the president to bear a deposition, a authorized time period for sworn questioning performed out of court docket. His legal professionals can take a bit longer to depose Zervos.

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