Judge: Trump can not avoid lawsuit by former 'Apprentice' contestant alleging defamation

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Trump's attorneys argued that the president can not be sued in state court and also argued that the comments he made were political opinion and, as a result, "squarely protected by the First Amendment".

A NY judge on Tuesday rejected President Trump's motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed by Summer Zervos, a contestant on The Apprentice in 2005.

The suit was filed in a state court in Manhattan previous year by Summer Zervos, a contender on "The Apprentice" in 2005 who alleges Trump ambushed her on more than one occasion starting in 2007, kissing her on the mouth, touching her breast and pressing his genitals against her.

"All I can say is it's totally fake news - just fake". That payment was also made during the election campaign.

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DiGenova-who once described former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey as "the dirtiest cop in America"-claimed two months ago that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DoJ plotted to "illegally exonerate" Hillary Clinton then "frame Donald Trump with a falsely created crime" if she still lost the election, CNN reports". He has said she continued to attempt to contact him and seek employment even after he made the alleged unwanted sexual advances - and only turned against him after he failed to accept an invitation to her restaurant. "AMI has a valid contract with Karen and we look forward to reaching an amicable resolution satisfactory to her and to AMI". As such, the decision could be reviewed by a NY appeals court before being tackled by the 2nd Circuit and eventually perhaps the Supreme Court.

The decision means that Summer Zervos, who in 2016 accused then-candidate Trump of groping her and pressing his privates against her in 2007, can pursue her defamation case against the president for saying that her allegations were "fiction" and claiming she made them up for "personal gain".

Zervos said that after appearing on Trump's show in 2006 she asked him for a job.

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But it's that same case that Zervos' attorney, Gloria Allred, argued supported the idea that Trump couldn't pause the litigation.

The court denied the Trump request.

"No one is above the law", Justice Schecter wrote.

Schecter also dismissed Kasowitz's argument that Trump's denunciations of Zervos were protected speech because they were part of the presidential campaign.

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The decision by Justice Jennifer Schecter of the NY state court in Manhattan in favour of California restaurateur Summer Zervos, a former contestant on NBC's The Apprentice, raises the prospect that Trump might have to answer embarrassing questions in court about his behaviour towards women. It said she has been free to respond to press inquiries about her relationship with Trump since 2016 and that the suggestion that American Media silenced her is without merit. She argued that the non-disclosure agreement she signed was invalid because it was never signed by Trump himself.

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