In November, former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos accused Trump of having groped and kissed her during a job interview in 2007. Trump responded by denying what he called “fabricated and made-up charges” and attacking her with derogatory statements, which she claimed hurt her reputation and her business.
Only days before his inauguration as President, Zervos filed a defamation suit against Trump.
“On Nov. 11, 2016, I called on Mr. Trump to retract his statements about me calling me a liar. I also called upon him to state that what I said about his behavior toward me was true,” Zervos said at a press conference. “More than two months have gone by and he has not issued that retraction. I wanted to give Mr. Trump the opportunity to retract his false statements about me and the other women who came forward.”
Trump’s lawyers have not only argued that he cannot be sued in state-level courts while serving as President, but Marc Kazowitz, one of his lawyers, even claimed that courts are obligated to defer to Trump’s busy schedule. In other words, the court should not expect him to devote any time to the case so long as he is serving as President.
Zervos’s lawyer, Mariann Wang, struck back at Trump’s lawyer and asserted that not only does the court indeed have jurisdiction to hear the case, but that their legal team would even agree to videotaped depositions since the President “does not do his job 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
“We can take a deposition down to Mar-a-Lago in between him going to play golf,” she said.
Judge Jennifer Schecter indicated that she would issue her ruling at a later date.
If Trump can manage to spend a third of his presidency on the golf course, he can certainly afford to be deposed for just one of the countless accusations of sexual misconduct levied against him. Trump may consider himself invincible, but he is in for a rude awakening as his sordid past finally catches up with him.