A New York decide will hear oral arguments Tuesday afternoon about whether or not a defamation lawsuit in opposition to President Donald Trump needs to be allowed to proceed.
Summer season Zervos, a former contestant on Trump’s actuality TV present The Apprentice, has mentioned that he kissed her and grabbed her when she went to see him in 2007 a few potential job on the Trump Group. She filed go well with this previous January, after Trump mentioned her declare was a lie.
Trump’s attorneys have sought to have the go well with dismissed or delayed till after his presidency, arguing that her claims are false and that the go well with is “politically motivated.” His legal professionals additionally argued, in a court docket submitting in October, that when Trump took to Twitter and the talk stage and referred to as Zervos and different girls who made comparable claims liars, it was an expression of First Modification-protected political opinion.
As first reported by BuzzFeed Information, Zervos served a subpoena for all paperwork from his marketing campaign pertaining to “any lady alleging that Donald J. Trump touched her inappropriately.”
If the case goes ahead, Trump could also be compelled to supply that data.
Zervos is one among a minimum of 10 girls who, within the weeks earlier than the election, publicly accused Trump of touching them inappropriately. Trump has denied the allegations. Final fall, for instance, he referred to such allegations as “false tales, all made up. Lies, lies.” In a latest press convention, White Home press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders mentioned all the girls who accused President Trump of sexual harassment are mendacity.
Neither Trump’s legal professionals nor attorneys for Zervos responded to a request for remark.
Jessica Garrison is a senior investigative editor for BuzzFeed Information and relies in San Francisco.
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