It is well-known by now that President Trump has been accused of sexual assault by at least 16 women – everything from groping to rape. Many of them have witnessed the pattern of a long line of victims of other abusers who are now starting to come forward. Harvey Weinstein lost his job after bombshell allegations stemming from many Hollywood women. Since then, others have faced strong consequences for similar actions including “Today Show” host, Matt Lauer.
Even so, these women remain fearful that their own stories are making little impact, especially due to the fact that the accused man is the president. However, it seems though that things are beginning to shift. Now, it appears that Trump may finally have his day in court over sexual misconduct.
Summer Zervos, who accused Trump of harassing her in 2007, is now suing him for defamation on the grounds that he called her and other accusers liars. Currently, most people are hyper-focused on Robert Mueller and the Russia investigation. However, this court case could turn out to be something substantial.
According to Business Insider:
‘On Tuesday, in a New York state Supreme Court hearing, they’re expected to try to have a defamation case against the president dismissed. If they fail, the president could be forced to testify on allegations that he sexually harassed more than a dozen women.’
Business Insider went on to explain:
‘The suit was filed by Summer Zervos, a former contestant on “The Apprentice,” who claimed last year that Trump “very aggressively” kissed her, groped her breasts, and began “thrusting” his genitals at her in a 2007 meeting at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Her claim is that Trump damaged her reputation when he called her a liar.’
Trump will try to make the case that it should be thrown out on the grounds that a sitting president cannot be sued. However, history isn’t in his favor. Former President Bill Clinton was deposed while he was president over sexual harassment allegations by Paula Jones. After it was found that he lied under oath, he was impeached by The House of Representatives.
Here are Trump’s tweets calling his accusers liars:
Mindy McGillivray, one of Trump’s accusers, said:
‘People are going to find out who this guy really is.’
Susan Low Bloch, a professor at Georgetown University’s law school and an expert in constitutional law explained:
‘The precedent is not on Trump’s side.’
According to Business Insider:
‘The Supreme Court ruled in 1997, in Clinton v. Jones, that sitting presidents are not in fact immune from civil-law litigation over something that happened before they took office. The ruling specifically pertained to federal lawsuits. Trump’s lawyers say this case is different because it was filed in a state court.’
Trump’s attorneys may also argue that him calling the accusers “liars” was only political talk and therefore, it should be exempt from legal action. Trump’s lawyers submitted a court filing last month, saying:
‘All of the statements occurred on political forums — a campaign website, on Mr. Trump’s Twitter account, in a presidential debate, and at campaign rallies — where the listeners expect to hear public debate, taken as political opinion rather than a defamatory statement.’
Zervos is being defended by Gloria Allred who has also subpoenaed Trump’s campaign for all other documents that relate to his sexual harassment of many other women. Allred said:
‘We believe that President Trump should be accountable for his statements. No one enjoys a license to defame based on power, wealth or privilege.’
Experts say that this may actually be a difficult case for Trump to win.
Let’s not forget Michelle Obama’s stunning speech about this. It can’t be watched enough:
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