Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump could face questioning in defamation suit

Trump could face questioning in defamation suit

"We understand it should be orderly and we want to cooperate with the defendant in good faith", Mariann Wang, a lawyer for Summer Zervos, an Apprentice contestant, told the judge Tuesday.

NY state Judge Jennifer Schecter rejected the latest of Trump's lawyers repeated efforts to put the case on hold, and set a schedule for parties to exchange materials and file submissions with the court. She says he subjected her to unwanted kissing and groping when she sought career advice in 2007.

A NY judge set a series of deadlines for former "Apprentice" contestant Summer Zervos' defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump, as she declined to put the case on hold pending an appeal from Trump's legal team. Schecter. As for information about other women who aren't part of the case, "those claims, that evidence ... is irrelevant", he said.

Mr Kasowitz noted, however, that Mr Trump might potentially need extensions on deadlines because of the "significant attendant duties" of the presidency.

At a hearing on Tuesday, Trump's attorney, Marc Kasowitz, had sought to put the case on hold until they could appeal to a higher NY court and even the Supreme Court. When Clinton denied in his January 1998 testimony that he had "sexual relations" with former White House aide Monica Lewinsky, he was caught in a lie, charged with perjury and later impeached by the House of Representatives.

The state court's mid-level Appellate Division has already denied Trump's request for a stay of the case while the Constitutional questions are decided, and Trump has appealed that ruling to a higher court. He also retweeted a post calling Zervos' claims a "hoax".

Despite Schechter's order that Trump must sit for a deposition, there's still a chance he could avoid that.

Ms Zervos said his words hurt her reputation, harmed her business and led to threats against her.

Kasowitz said Tuesday they would work out something narrower but were mindful of media interest and might seek additional protections "if such interest, as a matter of course, intrudes on the interests and rights of the litigants or looks like it would impair the ability to have a fair trial".

Zervos is asking for "special damages" of nearly $3,000 plus damages for emotional harm and loss of business and for punitive damages.

Mr Trump's lawyers have said his statements were true, and also that his remarks were "non-defamatory opinions" that came amid the heated public debate of a national political campaign. The court ruled that a sitting president has no immunity from civil litigation in federal court and that such cases may not be delayed until the president leaves office.

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