President Donald Trump Subpoenaed Over Sexual Assault Allegations

Frederick Owens
October 17, 2017

Last October, shortly before the November 8 presidential election, Zervos held a news conference to say that Trump kissed her, touched her breast and tried to get her to lie down on a bed with him during a meeting about a possible job.

Summer Zervos, who is a former contestant on The Apprentice, filed the subpoena in March as part of her defamation lawsuit against the 70-year-old president for accusing her and others of lying, BuzzFeed News reported. That is not who I am as a person, and it is not how I've conducted my life. Jane Doe, who alleged Trump and Jeffrey Epstein raped her when she was 13, dropped the suit.

While Trump said at the time the video was just talk and he had never behaved in that way, several women subsequently went public with allegations of sexual misconduct against the NY real estate magnate going back three decades.

The subpoena also specifically demands all documents concerning Summer Zervos, Jessica Leeds, Mindy McGillivray, Rachel Crooks, Natasha Stoynoff, Temple Taggart, Kristin Anderson, Cathy Heller, Jill Harth, Jessica Drake, and John Barry (Barry is a cousin of Zervos who spoke out in support of Trump).

Trump swiftly dismissed the allegations, calling them "lies" and tweeting a blanket denial less than a month before the election.

Zervos's lawyers have since denied that accusation, and provided the subpoena as evidence.

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The subpoena was reportedly filed for documents seeking "any woman alleging that Donald J. Trump touched her inappropriately".

Attorneys for Trump said the suit "has no legal merit".

"When you're a star, they let you do it", Trump said. The president's lawyer tried to have the suit dismissed in July, claiming that a sitting president can not face a civil lawsuit. The allegedly defamatory statements were made during a national political campaign that involved heated political debate in political forums.

The footage, first unearthed by the NowThis website, shows Mr Trump lecturing at a real estate seminar, purportedly in 2007, where a woman in the audience asks him how many jets he owns and how she can apply to be his flight attendant. His attorneys argued that he is protected from civil lawsuits in state court while occupying the Oval Office. They said it targeted 'wholly irrelevant information intended exclusively to harass the president'.

Another of Zervos' attorneys, Mariann Wang, told CNN that campaign officials have promised the documents would be preserved.

The White House referred comment to the campaign, and a representative did not return a request for comment.

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