US Court: Slanderous Apprentice candidate against Trump continues
The New York court ruled on Thursday that President Donald Trump may not invoke immunity in a defamation lawsuit brought against him by a participant in the The Apprentice program.
The New York court ruled on Thursday that President Donald Trump may not invoke immunity in a defamation lawsuit brought against him by a participant in the The Apprentice program .
American media report that.
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.
Zervos wants apologies and compensation
Trump contradicts the charges. Zervos started a lawsuit against the current US president in January 2017 for defamation for claiming to have made up the allegations.
The restaurant keeper 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 about the case.
Trump's lawyers not only stated that the billionaire enjoys immunity as long as he is president. They also stated that his claim that the woman is a liar would fall under freedom of expression. The Court rejected those arguments.