A former contestant on Donald Trump’s actuality TV present “The Apprentice” might pursue her defamation lawsuit in opposition to the U.S. president, a New York state decide dominated on Tuesday, regardless of Trump’s effort to have an appeals court docket put it on maintain.
The contestant, Summer time Zervos, has claimed that Trump sexually harassed her and defamed her when he denied her allegations. Trump has argued that as a sitting president he’s immune from the lawsuit and is in search of an order from New York’s highest court docket freezing the case.
At a listening to in Manhattan on Tuesday, Trump’s lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, argued that the lawsuit shouldn’t go ahead till the New York Courtroom of Appeals, and if essential, the U.S. Supreme Courtroom, decides the problem.
“It is merely in search of a dedication on the highest stage of competent jurisdiction as to the decision of this crucial constitutional problem,” Kasowitz advised Manhattan Supreme Courtroom Justice Jennifer Schecter.
Zervos’ lawyer, Mariann Wang, stated a number of judges had already rebuffed Trump’s argument and the case must be allowed to go forward.
“We perceive it must be orderly. We need to cooperate with defendant in good religion to determine when and how you can proceed,” she stated.
Kasowitz additionally stated on the listening to he might search to bar another ladies who’ve accused Trump of sexual misconduct from testifying within the case, although he didn’t make a proper movement. Kasowitz and Wang each declined to remark after the listening to.