Ex-Apprentice contestant CAN proceed with her defamation lawsuit against President Trump

Ex-Apprentice contestant CAN proceed with her defamation lawsuit against President Trump

A defamation case against Donald Trump filed by a former reality show contestant who said the president subjected her to unwanted kissing and groping in 2007 can proceed, a panel of NY judges ruled Thursday.

Kasowitz said in a statement on Thursday that the team "respectfully" disagrees with the majority decision in New York's Appellate Division and expects to prevail upon appeal in a higher court.

Ms Zervos has repeatedly accused Mr Trump of kissing her against her will at a 2007 meeting in NY, and later groping her at a Beverly Hills hotel.

Zervos was among more than a dozen women who came forward late in the 2016 presidential campaign to say that Mr. Trump had sexually harassed or assaulted them.

He called the women "liars" trying to harm his campaign with "100 percent fabricated" stories, and he retweeted a message specifically calling Zervos' claim "a hoax".

Trump had appealed a lower court's ruling past year that allowed the case to proceed, arguing that the Constitution's Supremacy Clause bars a lawsuit against a sitting president in state court because it would interfere with his duties.

The judges cited the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Clinton v. Jones, which ruled that presidents can still be sued while in office for unofficial acts.

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Several other women have accused Mr Trump of improper sexual conduct.

Despite this, Judge Renwick said that the Supremacy Clause is only meant to settle conflicts between state and federal laws, and there's no reason to believe that it says anything about a state court's ability to hear cases involving the president.

"We are very pleased that the First Department has affirmed once again that (Trump) 'is not above the law, '" Wang said in a statement Thursday. But the NY appeals court said the clause in no way grants Trump such immunity. "We look forward to proving that Ms. Zervos told the truth about Defendant's unwanted sexual groping and holding him accountable for his malicious lies". The Court upheld a lower court's ruling that the case against the President can continue. In a recent ruling, the judge in the Trump Foundation case said that if the Zervos ruling were to go in Trump's favor, she would also dismiss the charity lawsuit.

The ruling in Zervos' case also hurts Trump's cause in a separate NY lawsuit - this one involving his troubled charity, the Donald J. Trump Foundation.

The lawsuit - first filed under her predecessor, Barbara Underwood - asks for Trump to pay millions in penalties and restitution, and to be barred from serving on the board of any NY charity for 10 years.

Trump also faced a defamation claim by adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit over a hush money agreement.

That lawsuit was dismissed on March 7.

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