While Stormy Daniels has been dominating headlines since news broke of her alleged affair with Donald Trump when his wife was recovering from having given birth to their son, another woman from Trump’s past is also refusing to let him forget about the misdeeds he allegedly committed with her. The main difference being that, while Daniels was a willing participant in her alleged affair with Trump, Summer Zevos alleges Trump’s advances on her were unwelcome, unsolicited, and were committed during what she had been led to believe would be a business meeting.
Zervos was initially a contestant on Trump’s show, The Apprentice. Although she didn’t make it to the end of the season, Zervos said she was invited to meet with Trump at the Beverly Hills Hotel so she could pitch some of her business ideas to him. That’s when he allegedly sexually assaulted her.
Like many other women, Zervos went public with her experiences during the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump followed in the footsteps of countless other men accused of sexual misconduct, not only by accusing Zervos of lying but by trying to degrade her character in general. In the age-old he said/she said debate, discrediting the woman is a classic tactic and Trump is hardly the first to use it. He’s also far from the first person to get away with it.
But Zervos is firing back. She sued Trump for defamation of character in Manhattan.
Trump, who has clearly shown again and again that he has no idea what it means to be president of the United States, displayed his ignorance yet again by claiming that a sitting president could not be sued in civil litigation in a state court while serving his term as president. Not only are the facts against Trump, but so are the judges. Three times Trump’s attorneys have filed motions to stay the case until after he has completed his term as president, and each time the judges have denied those motions. Trump’s attorneys have appealed that decision all the way up to the New York Supreme Court, which also denied the motion.
Not only did Justice Jennifer Schecter of the New York Supreme Court refuse the request to delay the trial, but she also issued a court order for Trump to give his deposition in the case before January 31st, 2019.
That said, Trump does have the option of taking the decision all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. If it were to agree to hear the case, its decision, either way, would be the final word on the matter.
None of this is to say there has been any judgment regarding whether Trump defamed Zervos, much less whether he sexually assaulted her back in 2007. So far, the judges have only ruled on whether Trump can delay the case until after he has finished serving his term as president, and all the judges have agreed that he cannot. Whether his comments against Zervos meet the requirements of defamation remains to be seen, but thanks to the courts’ rulings, we’ll no doubt get an answer to that question within the next year, if not earlier.
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