Trump’s bid to dodge Summer Zervos lawsuit denied by judge
A Manhattan appeals panel has rejected President Trump’s request to stay a defamation claim filed by a former “Apprentice” contestant while he’s in office.
“The motion is denied,” five justices from the state’s mid-level Appellate Division wrote in a one-page decision released Thursday. The ruling means the case can move forward.
In March, a lower court judge said Trump could not dodge the defamation suit by Summer Zervos, who says he rubbed his crotch against her in 2007 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Trump has denied the allegation.
Zervos sued Trump last year after he called her a liar when she went public with the accusation just days before the election.
“We look forward to proving Ms. Zervos’ claim that defendant lied when he maliciously attacked her for reporting his sexually abusive behavior,” her attorney, Marianne Wang, told The Post.
Trump’s attorney Marc Kasowitz said, “The Zervos case raises what the United States Supreme Court has called an ‘important’ and unresolved constitutional issue — whether the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution bars a state court lawsuit against the President of the United States during his or her term in office. Respectfully, the Appellate Division’s order denying a stay of the case pending the resolution of this key issue is incorrect.”
“It is also completely and unjustifiably contrary to the stays the courts uniformly granted when deciding whether a lawsuit against President Clinton could proceed in federal court,” Kasowitz said.