A Manhattan Supreme Court judge declared Tuesday that President Trump’s position as the president of the United States does not give him immunity from a lawsuit filed by former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos, a woman who suddenly came forward in 2016 with allegations of Trump during the 2016 campaign season.
Zervos reportedly filed a defamation lawsuit against Trump three days before his inauguration, alleging that Trump’s “derogatory statements” about her after she brought forth her allegations against him caused damages to herself and her business.
President Trump has denied her allegations, but the judge’s ruling denies his request to have the lawsuit thrown out.
The New York Post reported: “In Clinton v Jones the United States Supreme Court held that a sitting president is not immune from being sued in federal court for unofficial acts,” Justice Jennifer Schecter wrote in a ruling released Tuesday, citing the sexual harassment suit that led to the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton for lying under oath about his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
“It left open the question of whether concerns of federalism and comity compel a different conclusion for suits brought in state court. Because they do not, defendant’s motion to dismiss this case or hold it in abeyance is denied,” Schecter ruled.
The decision means that 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 suggesting she made up the allegations for “10 minutes of fame.”
EXCLUSIVE: President Trump must face a defamation suit filed by former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos, judge rules https://t.co/e6rM9hbkXW
— New York Post (@nypost) March 20, 2018
Liberal media are cheering over the announcement.
Oh boy: @GloriaAllred stuck this one out and she’s got him now – can’t wait for this discovery! Again would be poetic justice if Stephanie Clifford or Summer Zervos brought down Trump! #MeToo https://t.co/gmyt9EGRe2
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) March 20, 2018
A judge has ruled that Trump has to face a defamation lawsuit brought by former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos. https://t.co/PRjNDCDdhX
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 20, 2018
—Stormy Daniels lie detector test says she was “truthful” about Trump affairhttps://t.co/MMt7Lb8d7w
—Judge: Summer Zervos, who says Trump groped her, can sue himhttps://t.co/zQKByhtQus
—Playboy model who says she had affair w/ Trump sues to break NDAhttps://t.co/6GAMawAjn3
— Tom Namako (@TomNamako) March 20, 2018
Trump accuser Summer Zervos will have her day in court. The judge, citing Clinton v. Jones, says “no one is above the law.” Zervos is suing Trump for defamation https://t.co/sqDMBsnRmg
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 20, 2018