'Apprentice' contestant's defamation suit against Trump cleared to proceed

Donald Trump and Summer Zervos

A NY court has said that any sitting U.S. president is still able to be tried in a state court, after Donald Trump sought to delay a defamation trial arising from a lawsuit filed by a former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos. On Thursday an appellate court in NY ruled that Trump was not immune from being sued in state court and that a defamation lawsuit against him could move forward.

Ms Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice, is bringing a defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump.

While the statute of limitations on such misconduct charges has long expired, Trump's caustic comments during the 2016 campaign that Zervos' claims were "total fiction" and "all false stuff" basically reset the clock.

A NY appeals court has ruled that President Donald Trump isn't immune from a defamation lawsuit filed by a former "Apprentice" contestant who accused him of unwanted kissing and groping.

The judges cited the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Clinton v. Jones, which ruled that presidents can still be sued while in office for unofficial acts.

Even with more appeals possibly all the way to the Supreme Court, Trump now looks certain to have to sit for a grilling from Zervos' attorney Mariann Wang by the end of June, I hear.

She came forward after the "Access Hollywood" recording which showed Trump boasting about groping women.

Trump's lawyers have said that because he is the president he's immune from any prosecution, but the court didn't agree.

What happened to Bernie Sanders’ head in SC ?
In card check, union organizers ask workers to sign cards affirming that they support a union. Working on political campaigns at any level often involves grueling hours and low pay.

They also say his remarks were opinions that he had a free-speech right to express in the course of a heated campaign.

Zervos sued in 2017, saying Mr. Trump had hurt her reputation, harmed her business and caused threats to be made against her. In short, she was able to file a suit against Trump because he publicly called her a liar.

Despite suggesting that he embodies the executive branch and has significant responsibilities, "the President is still a person, and he is not above the law", the court said.

The judge then added that the Supreme Court said in reference to the Jones case,"The Supreme Court also considered that '[i] f Congress deems it appropriate to afford the President stronger protection, it may respond with appropriate legislation'".

All five justices found Zervos' defamation claim legally sufficient, without ruling on its merits. That paved the way for Clinton's impeachment the following year.

She says she didn't go public with her allegations for nearly a decade because she admired Trump as a businessman and thought he had had just a couple of episodes of bad behavior with her.

That lawsuit was dismissed on March 7. The case has proceeded in the trial court and discovery continues.

Zervos appeared on "The Apprentice" in 2006, when Trump was the reality show's host.

Related News:



Most liked

Chicago Muslim groups step up security after New Zealand mosque attacks
Ms Ardern, who arrived in Christchurch Saturday, said the shooter was not on any watchlist and did not have a criminal record. The people of New Zealand are in our thoughts and prayers". "You may have chosen us", Ardern said, addressing the suspect.

Tottenham face Manchester City in Champions League quarter-finals
I love what I do, I think I have a fantastic team out there, and that's all that I need to be a happy person. Manchester City have already won the Carabao Cup for a second successive campaign.

Nations offered 5 billion pound carrot for new global league
By the end of today's meeting, it had become increasingly clear that they just needed the Six Nations unions to jump with them. They also committed to invest in a Women's Nations Championship to accelerate the global competitiveness of the game.

Mafia boss 'Franky Boy' killed in drive-by shooting
Following Castellano's murder, Gotti headed the Gambino family until his incarceration for conspiracy and murder in 1992. This is the first hit on a Gambino boss since Paul Castellano was gunned down in 1985 in front of Sparks Steak House.

Mozambique: 7 Killed, Thousands Displaced After Mozambique Cyclone
The channel is located between the country of Mozambique on the African mainland and the island nation of Madagascar. Note the purple region (250 to 350mm) indicated over the central parts of Mozambique in a 24-hour period.

At least 24 dead, dozens missing after cyclone hits parts of Zimbabwe
The World Food Program said it would deliver 20 tons of emergency food aid to stranded communities by boat and helicopter. The Mozambican television channel TVM reported that at least five people had been seriously injured.

Pay attention to your kidneys this World Kidney Day
Gülten Kaptan Ateşoğlu said, "A healthy lifestyle can be the best measure for maintaining a healthy kidney". Annually, 2.4 million people die worldwide, making it the sixth fastest growing cause of death worldwide.

More than 1 egg a day could increase risk for heart disease
Andrew Freeman, director of the Cardiovascular Prevention and Wellness program at National Jewish Health hospital in Denver. But the Northwestern researchers said their study suggests those guidelines may have to be looked at yet again.

Artificial Intelligence Platform Market Strategic Recommendations, Business Plans & Strategies 2019
Additionally, it touches the segmentation study provided in the report on the basis of the type of product and application. Here, price analysis of various Artificial Intelligence for Healthcare Applications Market key players is also covered.

Billy Kennedy Will Not Return to Texas A&M Men's Basketball Next Season
DID YOU KNOW: Mississippi State has made 8.5 3-pointers per game this season, which is second-best among SEC teams. Robert Woodard II (Columbus) and Aric Holman chipped in nine points apiece to fuel Mississippi State's bench.

The Giants Vastly Overpaid Golden Tate, When They Should Be Tanking
That's good, but it's concerning that Tate's two-worst-graded seasons (since his rookie year) have come in 2018 and 2016. The Giants' top receiver in the Beckham void is Sterling Shepard , whose best production comes from the slot.

Zion Williamson Puts on a Show in Classic Duke-UNC Rivalry Game
For what it's worth, the last single-season three-game sweep in this rivalry came in 2002, with Duke easily winning all three. It's also the same floor where Virginia lost a second-round game as a No. 2 seed to seventh-seeded Michigan State in 2015.

US military to test banned missiles
If Russia and the USA were to reach a deal to rescue the INF treaty before August, these projects would not go forward. Meanwhile, Russia has claimed that they are ceasing the treaty and denied the accusations of defying the treaty.

Bangladesh Cricket Team Misses Mass Shooting By ‘Minutes’
Bangladesh cricket team performance analyst Shrinivas Chandrasekeran, on the other hand, said: "Just escaped active shooters ". We are very thankful that we weren't caught in the crossfire, but what we saw was straight out of a movie scene.

Pasir Gudang pollution crisis: No need to declare emergency - PM
While investigations into the incident are proceeding, the authorities arrested three men for dumping toxic waste in the water. On 11 March, a second wave of methane poisoning took place a few hours after the two schools reopened.