Lawyers for Trump, 'Apprentice' entrant in court

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Lawyers for Trump, 'Apprentice' entrant in court

A judge ruled Tuesday that President Donald Trump can be deposed in a defamation lawsuit brought by a former contestant on "The Apprentice", who says the game show host-turned-president kissed and groped her after she appeared on his NBC TV show.

Trump has denied the claims.

Zervos is one of two women with civil cases against Trump that continue to move ahead.

Trump has acknowledged paying Daniels, via Cohen, $130,000 in exchange for her keeping silent about the sexual encounter she alleges she had with Trump in 2006.

Not so, said Zervos' attorney, Mariann Wang.

In a hearing in NY state court on Tuesday, Zervos' attorney Marianne Wang argued that the campaign inappropriately "drew a line" on that information, and told reporters after the hearing that Zervos is trying to prove "the falsity of [Trump's] statements, including his falsity about other women".

At a hearing on Tuesday, Trump's lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, argued unsuccessfully before Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Schecter that Zervos' lawsuit should not go forward until the New York Court of Appeals, and if necessary, the U.S. Supreme Court, decides the issue.

Judge sets deposition deadline in defamation... On Tuesday, he argued unsuccessully that the case should not be allowed to proceed until the higher court has ruled on whether a sitting president can be sued in state court. The parties also now face a July 13 deadline to issue requests for documents in the case.

Zervos has alleged that Trump groped her when she sought career advice from him in 2007.

Zervos' lawyers have been investigating records of how officials treated multiple claims of sexual harassment in the waning weeks of the presidential campaign. Trump has denied the claims. He also retweeted a post calling Zervos' claims a "hoax". Griffin, who lost her New Year's Eve hosting duties at CNN and has been ostracized by many in Hollywood, apologized, but later retracted it.

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.

In addition, Zervos' lawyers have subpoenaed security video, records of Trump's stays and some other information from the Beverly Hills Hotel, where Zervos says Trump made some of his unwelcome advances toward her.

Despite Schechter's order that Trump must sit for a deposition, there's still a chance he could avoid that. The details are yet to be worked out.

But Kasowitz said they are mindful of media interest and might seek additional protections if it "intrudes on the interests and rights of the litigants or looks like it would impair the ability to have a fair trial".

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