A sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Donald Trump by a former “Apprentice” contestant is back in the news after the president’s lawyers argued for the dismissal of the case in a 53-page memo sent to the courts late Friday.
Summer Zervos appeared on “The Apprentice” in 2006. She has since claimed that Trump defamed her with derogatory remarks made during his 2016 campaign after she came forward with her complaints of sexual harassment ten years after the fact.
According to Zervos, Trump groped and “aggressively kissed” her at The Beverly Hills Hotel while discussing a job offer that entailed her working for the Trump Organization.
Trump’s attorney, Marc Kasowitz argued for dismissal or postponement of the case on the grounds that the claims were false and were only intended to defame the president.
The Supreme Court ruled in 1997 that presidents could be sued for private conduct while serving in office, which led to the impeachment proceedings filed against former President Bill Clinton. However, Zervos’ case was filed to the New York Supreme Court, which Kasowitz says makes it invalid because the 1997 decision only applies to suits filed in federal courts.
If the court finds in his favor, Trump would then be shielded from similar lawsuits in the future.
Zervos’ lawyers have until August to respond.
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