Donald Trump tries his very best to avoid dealing with legal matters personally, usually sending his hired gang of misfits to take on court proceedings without his help. That all changed Tuesday, however, when a Manhattan judge ruled that Trump would have to sit for a deposition in the case regarding a defamation lawsuit filed by former Apprentice star, Summer Zervos.
According to the NY Post:
“President Trump must sit for a seven-hour deposition by Jan. 31, 2019, in a defamation case brought by former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos, a Manhattan judge ruled Tuesday.”
“Trump’s attorney Marc Kasowitz said he would try to block Zervos from asking his client questions about other women who claim they were sexually harassed or assaulted by Trump.”
The claims came against the now president in 2016 when Zervos said publicly that Trump had rubbed his penis against her in a hotel room in 2007. Trump then came out against the claims, calling them “fiction.”
That’s when Zervos had had enough. About a year after her initial claims, she filed the defamation suit against the newly elected president of the United States.
Trump’s attorney Marc Kasowitz gave this statement:
“It’s definitely the case to the extent that plaintiff seeks discovery from other women who are not parties to this case, who are not making a claim of defamation, we would take a position that that evidence would not be covered.”
Zervos’ lawyer said that she is looking for other women “who have alleged that defendant subjected them to unwanted sexual touching or inappropriate conduct.”
NY Post continues:
“Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Schecter asked for written arguments on the dispute. Lawyers for the parties were in Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday to set deadlines for the case including depositions for Trump and Zervos. The judge imposed a scheduling order after the two sides failed to agree on one.”
“They must make demands for documents by July 13 and respond to those demands by October. They’re due back in court in September and the case is scheduled for trial sometime after June 7, 2019.”