Report: Trump Must Testify Under Oath In Sexual Assault Case
New York state Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Schecter rejected Donald Trump’s request to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed by former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos against him, allowing for the case to move forward, according to CNN.
Zervos alleged that Trump sexually assaulted her in 2007, claiming that he kissed her twice on the lips during a lunch meeting in his New York City office, and on a separate occasion in Beverly Hills, where he allegedly kissed her aggressively and touched her breast.
Trump has denied the allegations.
Zervos first made a public statement about the alleged assaults in a public statement in October 2016, but then sued Trump in January 2017 when she claimed Trump defamed her by calling her a liar in 2016.
Although Trump’s lawyers filed a motion to dismiss the case on the grounds that Trump’s denials were protected political speech as statements of opinion, Schecter dismissed those arguments and wrote that “no one is above the law,” in March 2018.
Schecter cited the 1997 Clinton vs. Jones sexual harassment lawsuit in her ruling, in which the U.S. Supreme Court held that a sitting president is not immune from being sued in federal court for unofficial acts.
The Trump Organization made Trump’s itineraries available last month for the days in question. Zervos’ attorney Mariann Wang says these documents “line up with Zervos’ detailed public account with striking accuracy.”
Trump is set to testify under oath by January 31.