While most of Tuesday’s headlines related to the president’s alleged sexual history had to do with Michael Cohen stating under oath that Donald Trump directed him to arrange payments to women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump, another woman who has made more serious claims against the president continued her ongoing court case against him.
Former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos claimed that Trump sexually assaulted her in 2007. He said it never happened, and Zervos is now suing Trump for defamation based on his claim that accusations made by her and other women were politically motivated lies. As part of the lawsuit, Zervos’ legal team has requested discovery materials including documents related to other women who claimed to have had sexual interactions with Trump in the past, but according to a new court filing, the president and his lawyers have failed to provide anything.
“Defendant’s counsel have refused to produce any documents or information responsive to the interrogatories and document requests concerning such women,” Zervos’ attorney Mariann Wang wrote in her motion, which was filed on Tuesday.
“Information about Defendant’s statements regarding other women who reported his sexual touching is material and necessary to rebut his defense that each defamatory statement,
considered as a whole, supposedly was true,” the motion argued.
Law&Crime reached out to Trump’s attorney Marc Kasowitz for comment.
Zervos’ attorneys want to show that the president has demonstrated behavior that supports their case. Among the women mentioned in the motion are Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, two women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump in the past. While those alleged affairs were said to be consensual, Zervos argues that Trump employed similar methods to get them alone.
Trump had previously fought Zervos’ case by claiming a state court did not have jurisdiction over a sitting president, but the court ruled against him. In the same Manhattan neighborhood as the courthouse where Zervos’ case is located, Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty in a federal court to various crimes on Tuesday. In the process, Cohen stated under oath that payments made to Daniels and McDougal to keep their allegations under wraps were made at Trump’s direction, in order to protect his campaign.
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