Summer Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice, is suing Donald Trump for defamation. She alleged that the former President sexually assaulted her at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2007, which Trump later denied.
During his 2016 campaign for President, Donald Trump called Zervos a liar, saying in a speech that he “never met her at a hotel or greeted her inappropriately a decade ago.”
Now ready to kickstart the lawsuit, a judge has ruled that Donald Trump must give a deposition by Christmas, if he is going to continue to fight her claims.
Donald Trump’s attorney has been delaying the case, complaining that Summer Zervos’ camp has not provided them with enough documentation to begin.
“Ms. Zervos is claiming emotional damages and financial damages,” said Alina Habba, Trump’s attorney. “How can we, as defense counsel, provide any kind of quality deposition when we don’t have all the medical records?”
According to a law clerk who spoke with ABC News, he sees no reason why depositions couldn’t happen before 2022, especially now that Donald Trump is a private citizen once again.
“We just don’t believe our client can be further prejudiced in delaying this litigation any longer,” said Moira Penza, Summer Zervos’ attorney. “We do not believe there are any outstanding issues that would prohibit the parties from engaging in depositions.”
Exiting The Apprentice in the first challenge in 2006, she was “fired” by Donald Trump on the show for interrupting him multiple times. In October 2016, after he announced his run for President, she detailed two separate occasions in which he “aggressively kissed” her.
Meeting with him after the show to discuss potential employment, Summer Zervos claimed that he “kissed her on the lips” in a greeting that made her “nervous and embarrassed.”
She later accused him again of sexual assault after they got dinner together in Los Angeles. At a press conference, she alleged that Trump “came at me and started kissing me open mouthed as he was pulling me towards him.”
“He then grabbed my shoulder and began kissing me very aggressively and placed his hand on my breast,” she continued. He then “thrust his genitals” towards her.
Trump, as he has done with every sexual assault accusation, has denied the account as well as the fact that the two ever met outside of The Apprentice. He claimed that the meeting at the hotel never occurred, and that Summer Zervos’ claims are “fabricated and made up.”
“I vaguely remember Ms. Zervos as one of the many contestants on The Apprentice over the years,” he said at the time. “In fact, Ms. Zervos continued to contact me for help, emailing my office on April 14 of this year asking that I visit her restaurant in California.”
Summer Zervos currently operates Sunny’s Restaurant in Huntington Beach, Ca.
She is also being represented by star lawyer Gloria Allred, who has long represented women who claim sexual assault in court. Prior to her representing three women who accused Donald Trump, she was on the team of lawyers prosecuting on behalf of victims of comedian Bill Cosby.
Days before Trump was sworn into office, she called him a “sexual predator,” lambasting his words from leaked audio where he openly bragged about assaulting women. “When you’re a star, they let you do it,” he was caught saying in a secret recording. “Grab them by the p***y. You can do anything.”
Former Elle magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll is also suing Donald Trump for defamation after he denied having raped her in in 90’s. He has also denied her lawsuit a deposition, as well as DNA evidence.