New York state’s highest court docket on Tuesday cleared the best way for a former contestant on “The Apprentice” to sue Donald Trump for defamation, after the previous US president referred to as her a liar for accusing him of sexual assault.
Trump had argued earlier than leaving the White Home on 20 January that Summer time Zervos couldn’t pursue her case as a result of a sitting president couldn’t be sued, however the state Court docket of Appeals mentioned in a quick order that “the problems introduced have grow to be moot.”
A lawyer for Trump didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark. Zervos’ attorneys didn’t instantly reply to comparable requests.
The order possible means Zervos’ case will return to a Manhattan trial court docket, and provides her attorneys a chance to query Trump below oath.
Zervos got here ahead throughout the 2016 presidential marketing campaign with accusations that Trump subjected her to undesirable kissing and groping after she sought profession recommendation in 2007, two years after her look on his actuality tv present.
She sued Trump in January 2017 after he branded such allegations by ladies “lies” and retweeted a publish calling Zervos’ claims a “hoax.”
Zervos has been searching for a retraction or an apology, plus compensatory damages and punitive damages.
Trump has denied Zervos’ claims, and referred to as her case politically motivated.
Former Elle journal columnist E. Jean Carroll can be suing Trump for defamation, after he denied having raped her within the Bergdorf Goodman division retailer in Manhattan within the mid-Nineties.
Trump has additionally denied claims by a number of different ladies of improper sexual conduct.