Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

No Delay for Trump on Suit by 'Apprentice' Star

No Delay for Trump on Suit by 'Apprentice' Star

An appellate court in NY on Thursday denied President Trump's attempt to put a defamation lawsuit on hold as he continues to seek to have the case, brought by a former contestant on "The Apprentice", dismissed.

The New York Court of Appeals, clearly, didn't buy this argument, stating simply and without explanation, "It is ordered that the motion is denied". He claimed the accusations were "totally false" and said Zervos and his other accusers had fabricated their stories.

Trump's attorneys at Kasowitz Benson Torres in turn sought a stay of the case, insisting that the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution and the president's Article II responsibilities protect him from prosecution.

The motion means that discovery, or the gathering of evidence, can continue in the case.

When Trump called her a liar, she sued. A Manhattan judge denied the request in March, saying "no one is above the law". The Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court denied that request on Thursday, describing it as seeking "a stay of the action pending hearing and determination of" Trump's appeal of Schecter's order.

Trump is appealing a ruling by Justice Jennifer Schecter of the State Supreme Court in Manhattan, which rejected his claim that as president he was immune from lawsuits over private conduct predating his entering the White House.

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"It is also completely and unjustifiably contrary to the stays the courts uniformly granted when deciding whether a lawsuit against President Clinton could proceed in federal court", Burgo added.

Meanwhile, Joseph Cammarata, the Washington D.C. attorney who represented former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones - who sued President Bill Clinton for sexual harassment - said the case would not be a "pleasant exercise for President Trump".

According to CNN, Summer Zervos' legal team is demanding various forms of evidence, including outtakes from The Apprentice where Zervos is featured, or those that might include negative or sexually inappropriate comments from Trump about her or other female contestants.

Several women have accused Trump of improper sexual conduct or said he had affairs with them.

The ruling is an encouraging sign to Mariann Wang, who replaced Gloria Allred as Zervos's representation after the famous feminist attorney withdrew from the case in March.

Trump filed a motion to stay the lawsuit, arguing that he was constitutionally protected from being sued while he serves as president. The palace has not revealed any details about Thomas Markle's health issues, but the celebrity website TMZ says the 73-year-old retired Hollywood cinematographer is hospitalized in California after undergoing a procedure to clear blocked coronary arteries.

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