Summer Zervos, the former reality show contestant "The Apprentice" who said she was sexually harassed in 2007 by Donald Trump, who was then the show's host, presented new supporting evidence for her accusations before the New York Court of Appeals. In addition, Zervos' defense points out that the president's own records agree with dates and data given by her, something that gives more strength to his testimony.
In addition, the new elements presented by Zervos on Thursday detail that he consulted his case with lawyers in 2011 and that he contacted Fox News to publicly disclose the matter in August 2015. Also on Thursday the justice imposed on the president's team a deadline of 6 December to submit a statement in this case.
"The fact that the applicant sought legal advice in 2011 and spoke on the subject with others, including a news organization, years before the events (of the complaint) made in 2016 of this case, strongly supports the inferences that her central narrative is true, "says his lawyer, Mariann Wang.RELATED
In a court presentation, Wang cites emails and calendar entries that seek to prove that Zervos managed to denounce Trump long before 2016, at the time several complaints against who was then a presidential candidate.
Who is Zervos and what does it say
Zervos was one of the many women who during the 2016 presidential campaign publicly accused Trump of inappropriate sexual behavior. She talked about several attempts by Trump to advance her sexually. He said he kissed her against his will in his New York office and did the same at a dinner where, in addition, he groped her breasts and suggested that he lie down to watch "something on television."
Zervos says he rejected Trump's advances in all cases and that he has come to "press his genitals" against her. Looking ahead to the 2016 presidential elections, Zervos made these public accusations and in response, the then Republican candidate said it was a “fiction.” He went further, and took his case to court to litigate with the president.
Zervos, owner of a restaurant in California defined as a Republican, is suing Trump for defamation after the president called her a "liar" for his public statement in October 2016, in which he narrated repeated episodes of sexual harassment by Trump when he was a contestant on the reality show of the NBC network, produced and conducted by Trump.
Zervos' lawyer points out that her client spoke about Trump's alleged sexual assaults with family members and close friends immediately after they occurred and on several subsequent occasions she considered taking legal action long before the formal start of the 2016 campaign. prove its version, the lawsuit against the president would gain more consistency.
The lawyer's presentation included an email to Fox News dated August 9, 2015. In it, Zervos writes that Trump acted inappropriately towards her:
Trump's records corroborate Zervos, says his lawyer
Wang also argues that Zervos's account has been corroborated "in detail" with documents produced from Trump's files when the complaint was made public, specifically calendar and itinerary entries from late 2007 to early 2008, the period during which Zervos says has been sexually harassed by Trump. According to Wang, these documents "line up with Zervos' detailed public account with surprising accuracy."
For example, Wang says that Trump's calendar shows him flying from Las Vegas to Los Angeles with his bodyguard Keith Schiller and staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel in that city on December 21, 2007, the same night Zervos says he has met him. there.
Zervos also points out emails exchanged with Trump's assistant, Rhona Graff, about a visit he made to New York and a hard copy of The New York Times of December 2007 that Trump gave him, as evidence of his interactions.
Marc Kasowitz, one of Trump's lawyers, has rejected Wang's argument presented Thursday saying that Zervos' claims "have no merit and are not corroborated by any document," said Kasowitz, quoted by CNN.
Mariann Wang argues that despite Trump's claims that what Zervos says "were not true," he has now been forced to submit documents from his own files confirming that he and the plaintiff were exactly where she said they were when she said they were there. "
The Trump Organization had classified these documents as "confidential" and after months of legal disputes, Trump and the organization "finally and reluctantly agreed to lift a series of these unsubstantiated designations," the presentation explains.
Both parties are currently immersed in a dispute over additional documents. Wang says the Trump Organization has incorrectly designated nine pages of records as "confidential" because they contain the president's old cell phone number.
"That argument is absolutely absurd given that the defendant no longer uses that number and, in fact, he himself made it known to his millions of Twitter followers during the 2016 campaign," he said. Wang believes that the retained documents would further corroborate the version of Zervos.
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