Court rejects Trump's motion to halt defamation case from ex-'Apprentice' contestant

Lester Mason
May 18, 2018

A NY appeals court rejected President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani says Federal Bureau of Investigation may have placed spy in Trump campaign Giuliani: There is "nothing illegal about looking for dirt on political opponents" Giuliani: If Mueller subpoenas us, we will challenge it MORE's motion on Thursday to halt a former "Apprentice" contestant's defamation case against him.

Trump has called the lawsuit politically motivated, saying Zervos can't hold him liable for engaging in political speech that's protected by the First Amendment.

The one-paragraph order from the First Department of the New York Supreme Court's Appellate Division offers little detail but says simply that Trump is not entitled to a stay.

The White House was not immediately available for comment.

While Schecter's 19-page opinion relied heavily on a 1997 ruling where the Supreme Court upheld a defamation suit against then-President Bill Clinton, Burgo said the constitutional issues that the Zervos case implicates are unresolved.

"We look forward to proving Ms. Zervos's claim that defendant lied when he maliciously attacked her for reporting his sexually abusive behavior", Zervos' law firm, Cuti Hecker Wang said in a statement on Thursday.

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. She set a May 31 deadline for both companies to comply with the subpoena for the material requested.

Zervos was one of almost a dozen women who came forward during the 2016 presidential race to accuse Trump of sexual misconduct. Wang also wants to depose an MGM representative to inquire about how recordings of "The Apprentice" are stored and maintained, who has access to them, and when, if ever, they were transferred or destroyed.

Kasowitz called the ruling "incorrect" in a statement obtained by CNN. "There is no valid reason in this case-in which plaintiff is seeking merely $3,000 in damages and which plaintiff's counsel has repeatedly insisted was brought for political purposes-for the court not to grant the requested stay", he said.

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