A New York state judge has ruled on Tuesday that President Trump must be deposed in a defamation lawsuit brought last year by Summer Zervos, a former contestant on “The Apprentice” who says Trump kissed and groped her after she appeared on the show.
Judge Jennifer Schechter issued a court order setting a Jan. 31, 2019 deadline for both parties to be deposed in the lawsuit, Politico reported. Lawyers for both sides must also issue their demands for documents as part of discovery by July 13. Both sides are ordered to submit third-party subpoenas by March 23, 2019.
Zervos, who is one of more than a dozen women who have accused Trump of unwanted sexual contact, alleges that Trump defamed her by publicly claiming she had fabricated claims that Trump groped and kissed her without her consent in 2007.
Trump’s lawyers have appealed the case to the New York Court of Appeals, and are still awaiting a response.
According to The Hill:
Mark Kasowitz, a lawyer for Trump, also said on Tuesday that he would seek to block Zervos’s lawyers from asking the president about other women who allege they were sexually harassed or assaulted by Trump, the Post reported.
Schechter’s order came two weeks after Kasowitz argued in a court filing that the president is immune to prosecution, and offered point-by-point denials of the allegations against Trump. Filing the response, however, allowed Zervos’s legal team to request to formally question the president under oath.