Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

'Apprentice' contestant's suit against Trump can proceed without delay, appeals court rules

'Apprentice' contestant's suit against Trump can proceed without delay, appeals court rules

In a move that could have big implications for the much-investigaed ex-Celebrity Apprentice host, a NY state appeals court today shut down Trump's ongoing desire to dodge Summer Zervos' legal action in its affirmation of a lower court ruling that POTUS can't get out of the case just because he is in the Oval Office. 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.

A panel of NY appellate judges issued its ruling Thursday in a case brought by Summer Zervos in which Trump accused her - and numerous other women - of being liars for alleging that he sexually harassed them.

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.

Lawyers for Trump had argued that the decision in Clinton v. Jones didn't settle the question of immunity from suit in state court.

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

Despite this, Judge Renwick said that the Supremacy Clause is only meant to settle conflicts between state and federal laws, and there's no reason to believe that it says anything about a state court's ability to hear cases involving the president.

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

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The court disagreed, opening the way for Trump to be deposed about what Zervos says was a sexual assault in his bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2007.

The dissenting judges said the lawsuit would interfere with Trump's job as president, and should wait until he left office.

All five justices found Ms Zervos's defamation claim legally sufficient, without ruling on its merits. In short, she was able to file a suit against Trump because he publicly called her a liar. That paved the way for Clinton's impeachment the following year.

Trump also faced a defamation claim by adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit over a hush money agreement.

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

Her lawyer, Mariann Wang, said in an emailed statements she was pleased the judges had ruled that Trump was "not above the law". "Since there is no federal law conflicting with or displacing this defamation action, the Supremacy Clause does not provide a basis for immunizing the President from state court civil damages actions". Trump claims that Zervos made numerous attempts to contact him and seek employment even after the alleged sexual harassment occurred.

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