Trump Must Face ‘Apprentice’ Contestant’s Defamation Lawsuit: NY Court

New York state’s highest court on Tuesday cleared the way for a former contestant on “The Apprentice” to sue Donald Trump for defamation, after the former U.S. president called her a liar for accusing him of sexual assault.

Trump had argued before leaving the White House on Jan. 20 that Summer Zervos could not pursue her case because a sitting president could not be sued, but the state Court of Appeals said in a brief order that “the issues presented have become moot.”

Zervos’ case will now return to a Manhattan trial court, where her lawyers may have an opportunity to question Trump under oath. The case had been on hold during Trump’s appeal.

“Now a private citizen, the defendant has no further excuse to delay justice for Ms. Zervos, and we are eager to get back to the trial court and prove her claims,” Beth Wilkinson, a lawyer for Zervos, said in an email.

Lawyers for Trump did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Zervos came forward during the 2016 presidential campaign with accusations that Trump subjected her to unwanted kissing and groping after she sought career advice in 2007, two years after her appearance on his reality television show.

She sued Trump in January 2017 after he branded such allegations by women “lies” and retweeted a post calling Zervos’ claims a “hoax.”

Zervos has sought a retraction or an apology, plus compensatory damages and punitive damages.

Trump has denied Zervos’ claims, and called her case politically motivated.

Former Elle magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll is also suing Trump for defamation, after he denied having raped her in the Bergdorf Goodman department store in Manhattan in the mid-1990s.

Trump has also denied claims by several other women of improper sexual conduct.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Howard Goller)


  1. “Trump has denied Zervos’ claims, and called her case politically motivated.”(article)
    That would be meaningful if Trump had not “denied” knowing of Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal’s NDA or the source of the payments. If he had not denied that Don McGahn had testified in the Mueller Investigation that Trump ordered him to fire Mueller. “Denied” that the Mueller Report contained evidence of his 2016 campaign’s 140 contacts with Russian and 8 assertions of obstruction of justice. “Denied” that he gave Ivanka and Jared security clearance against the advice of the FBI. REFUSED to admit that he simply made a mistake when including Alabama in the path of Hurricane Dorian—even using a Sharpie to change the path on the map. “Denied” that he LOST the 2020 election—still in denial that he lost. So, WHO KNOWS if he is innocent or guilty of defamation–He destroyed his own credibility.

    Trump claimed in 2016 that it was HE who would sue. Zervos sued in 2016 and Trump has delayed and delayed—that is now over. He was offered the opportunity to give his deposition at one of his golf clubs and declined. The wait is over.

    1. Trump continues to live rent free in your empty head, philly. Let me let you in on a little secret, Trump is no longer President and the guy you voted for is a train wreck, a dumpster fire, a DISASTER, not only waiting to happen, but happening every time he opens his mouth, somebody who is proud to have put 10,000’s out of work and to have let in 100,000’s untested illegals into the country and ALL you can do his beat the same old dead horse your senile self as always beaten, orange man bad.
      If orange man bad, senile joe VERY BAD

      1. Justice will be served no matter if he is an ex prez. And I will relish when he finally pays monetarily or by serving time. I wouldn’t be calling anyone senile if I were you. Your tirades, with no factual data to support them btw, shows how EVERYONE who doesn’t love Rump, lives in your pea brain. Lol

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