Forgotten amidst the omnipresence of Stormy Daniels and her attorney Michael Avenatti is the defamation suit brought by Summer Zervos, a former “Apprentice” contestant. Miss Zervos accused Trump of “inappropriate sexual contact,” saying he “ambushed” her, “tried to kiss her repeatedly” and “touched her breast.” Trump responded by saying Zervos and “all the other women” lied, accusing her of making up the incidents to help Hillary Clinton. Zervos lawyer, Mariann Meier Wang argued in court, “Trump cannot be allowed to attack a woman who has factually described his sexual groping and be allowed to get off scot-free.”
Trump has fought the lawsuit, seeking its dismissal, yet The First Department of the New York Supreme Court’s Appellate Division just refused to stay the lawsuit and is allowing Summer Zervos to proceed with pre-trial discovery. New York Supreme Court Justice said, “No one is above the law, It is settled that the president of the United States has no immunity and is ‘subject to the laws’ for purely private acts.” That ruling relied heavily on a 1977 Supreme Court ruling indicating Bill Clinton, a sitting President, could be sued in Federal Court.
Zervos has requested records regarding accusations that Trump “subjected any woman to unwanted sexual touching and/or sexually inappropriate behavior.” She is also requesting tapes known to exist from The Apprentice where Trump says demeaning things about women, is seen engaging in inappropriate behavior and alleged to have used the “N” word as well. Forget the Access Hollywood tape where Trump describes what he does. We may yet see Trump actually engaging in sexual assault and harassing women.
Given the Mueller investigation, raid of his lawyer’s home, office, and hotel, and possibility of both his son and son-in-law facing indictment. Perhaps “Discovery” isn’t high on his list of priorities. If he has any concerns remaining about his image? It should be!