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Summer Zervos, a former contestant on the TV show The Apprentice, reacts next to lawyer Gloria Allred (L) while speaking about allegations of sexual misconduct against Donald Trump during a news conference in Los Angeles, California, U.S. October 14, 2016. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian - RTSSAY5

Legal battle

Woman who accused Trump of sexual assault subpoenas his campaign

By WITW Staff on October 16, 2017

Summer Zervos, a former Apprentice contestant who accused Donald Trump of groping and kissing her without consent, has subpoenaed his presidential election campaign for documents pertaining to “any woman” who made sexual harassment allegations against Trump.

The subpoena was issued in March, but only entered into a court file last month. The document was first reported on by Buzzfeed News.

Last October, Zervos spoke out about a 2007 incident that allegedly occurred at Trump’s Beverly Hills Hotel bungalow. Zervos said that she met with Trump to discuss taking on a role at the Trump Organization, and during the meeting, he grabbed and kissed her. Trump denied the allegations in a statement. During multiple rallies, he said that multiple sexual assault allegations made against him were “all false stuff.”

Zervos sued for defamation, and her lawyers served Trump’s campaign with a subpoena asking that all documents about Zevros be preserved. The subpoena also requested “all documents” concerning other women who have accused Trump of groping them” and “all documents concerning any accusations that were made during Donald J. Trump’s election campaign for president, that he subjected any woman to unwanted sexual touching and/or sexually inappropriate behavior.”

Trump’s attorneys contended that the subpoena is too broad. Last month, Zervos attorneys — among them Gloria Allred, a high-profile women’s rights lawyer — filed the subpoena as evidence in a motion disputing this claim.

The president’s legal team has also tried to have the suit dismissed, or at the very least delayed until he is no longer in office. His attorneys say Trump is “protected from civil lawsuits in state court” while serving in the White House, Buzzfeed reports.

Trump’s team has until October 31 to respond to Zervos’ motion.

Read more at Buzzfeed News.


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