Trump's motion to freeze Summer Zervos' defamation suit denied by appellate court

UPDATE 1-NY appeals court rejects Trump bid to halt defamation lawsuit

A NY appeals court on Thursday rejected a request from President Donald Trump to stay proceedings in a defamation suit filed by a former contestant on "The Apprentice" who has claimed that he sexually harassed her.

The New York Court of Appeals, clearly, didn't buy this argument, stating simply and without explanation, "It is ordered that the motion is denied". Otherwise, Wang has said she is prepared to take a deposition from Trump when his presidential calendar is clear.

Trump's attorneys at Kasowitz Benson Torres in turn sought a stay of the case, insisting that the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution and the president's Article II responsibilities protect him from prosecution.

Complicating matters is that Zervos's suit was filed in NY state court.

The decision means the Zervos lawsuit can proceed unless further appeals by Trump go to the New York State Supreme Court, or a federal court intervenes.

Zervos, a California restaurateur, appeared on "The Apprentice", Trump's former show, in 2006.

This ruling comes follows the Trump Team's appeal of a March 20 ruling by the presiding judge in the case. "I think it is very important that President Trump provide answers in Summer's civil defamation case through the discovery process a.s.a.p. 'Justice delayed is justice denied'". Instead, she's suing Trump for calling her a liar, saying it hurt her reputation.

"We look forward to proving Ms. Zervos's claim that defendant lied when he maliciously attacked her for reporting his sexually abusive behavior", Wang said in a statement.

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Meanwhile, Joseph Cammarata, the Washington D.C. attorney who represented former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones - who sued President Bill Clinton for sexual harassment - said the case would not be a "pleasant exercise for President Trump".

Stormy Daniels, a pornographic film actress whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is seeking to end an agreement in which Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen paid her $130,000 not to discuss her alleged affair with Trump.

Zervos's lawyers also are seeking Trump campaign documents concerning not only Zervos but any woman who has accused Trump of inappropriate touching, as well as any campaign records referring to the release of a 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape in which Trump boasted about grabbing women.

Zervos filed her case initially with celebrity attorney Gloria Allred but tapped Mariann Meier Wang with the firm Cuti Hecker Wang after hurdling the immunity motion back in March.

Zervos is one of more than a dozen women who have accused the president of sexual misconduct.

Trump filed a motion to stay the lawsuit, arguing that he was constitutionally protected from being sued while he serves as president.

"This case is going forward", he said.

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