NY appeals court rejects Trump bid to halt defamation lawsuit

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Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice, is suing Trump for defamation after he denied forcibly kissing and groping her in a hotel room in 2007.

"Respectfully, the Appellate Division's order denying a stay of the case pending the resolution of this key issue is incorrect", he said. Gloria Allred, the high-profile women's-rights attorney who had served as Wang's co-counsel in the case before withdrawing in March, said in an interview a year ago that her team had meant to depose Trump if the case proceeded.

In the meantime, Zervos's lawyer can continue demanding that Trump give a deposition and turn over documents while the case proceeds.

It's a victory for Summer Zervos, who appeared on The Apprentice in 2005.

Trump had sought to stay the case while he pursued his appeal but, without explanation, the judges said, "The motion is denied".

Zervos was one of almost a dozen women who came forward during the 2016 presidential race to accuse Trump of sexual misconduct.

"We look forward to proving Ms. Zervos' claim that Defendant lied when he maliciously attacked her for reporting his sexually abusive behavior", Zervos' attorney Mariann Wang said in a statement.

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This ruling comes follows the Trump Team's appeal of a March 20 ruling by the presiding judge in the case.

Kasowitz said the NY appeals court's decision to deny a stay was "completely and unjustifiably contrary to the stays the courts uniformly granted" as Clinton's case moved through the courts.

Trump could try again for a stay with the New York State Court of Appeals.

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". The suit claimed her reputation was damaged by Trump's denial.

Trump was also accused of defamation in a lawsuit filed last month by Stormy Daniels, the adult-film star who said she had a consensual sexual relationship with the president a decade before he was elected.

"It is settled that the president of the United States has no immunity and is "subject to the laws" for purely private acts", Schechter wrote. The suit says Trump's remark, which he transmitted via tweet, suggests Daniels "fabricated the crime and the existence of the assailant, both of which are prohibited under NY law".

Complicating matters is that Zervos's suit was filed in NY state court. 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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