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Trump Tries To Delay Defamation Lawsuit By Former 'Apprentice' Contestant

May 22, 2018 - 10:24 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- President Donald Trump has appealed to New York's highest court to try and delay a lawsuit by a former "Apprentice" contestant, at least until he's out of office.

Summer Zervos says Mr. Trump groped and kissed her a decade ago, but this is not a sexual harassment case. She's suing for defamation because the president called her a liar.

Mr. Trump's lawyers argue letting the case go forward, and possibly opening the president up to questioning under oath, would interfere with his duties.


But in March, a state judge in Manhattan ruled the suit can move ahead. 

The judge cited Clinton v. Jones where the Supreme court held a sitting president can be sued in federal court for acts not related to his office. 

The judge said a state lawsuit is no different and, last week, an appeals court upheld that decision so now it's up to the highest court in New York state - the Court of Appeals. 

Mariann Wang, the attorney for Zervos, issued a statement saying, "The defendant has lost his effort to stay this action twice already, and for good reason.  No one is above the law.  We believe that the sound reasoning of the lower court will prevail, and we look forward to proving Defendant lied when he attacked Ms. Zervos for telling the truth about his unwanted sexual groping."