US Court: Defamation The Apprentice candidate against Trump continues

The New York court ruled Thursday that President Donald Trump may not invoke immunity in a defamation trial filed against him by a participant in The Apprentice program, US media report.


The New York court ruled Thursday that President Donald Trump may not invoke immunity in a defamation trial filed against him by a participant in The Apprentice program, US media report.

Summer Zervos, a restaurant owner from California, participated in the fifth season of the program in 2005.

Trump invited her two years later for a job interview at the Beverly Hills Hotel. There Trump would have touched her unwantedly and tried to kiss her, the woman says.

Trump contradicts the charges. Zervos started a lawsuit against the current US president in January 2017 for defamation, claiming that she made up the allegations. The restaurant owner wants to apologize for Trump and compensation.

Trump invokes freedom of expression

The court ruled that the immunity that Trump claims to have now that he is in the White House does not apply to such matters. This means that the process can continue.

Chances are that Zervos and her lawyers are now going to ask the court to hear Trump under oath.

Trump's lawyers argued not only that the billionaire enjoys immunity as long as he is president, but also that his claim that the woman is a liar falls under freedom of expression. The court rejected these arguments.

REF: https://www.nu.nl/buitenland/5790840/hof-vs-lasterzaak-the-apprentice-kandidaat-tegen-trump-gaat-door.html

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