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Former 'Apprentice' Contestant Summer Zervos Is Suing Trump for Defamation

Zervos's suit will call on the soon-to-be-president to either admit her story is true and apologize, or head to court to defend the claim that Zervos lied about her sexual assault.

by VICE Staff
Jan 18 2017, 12:00am

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Summer Zervos—the former Apprentice contestant who accused President-elect Trump of sexual assault last October—has filed a suit against Trump for defamation after he denied the claim and said she and the women who came forward with similar stories were "liars."

Zervos announced the lawsuit at a press conference Tuesday alongside her lawyer, civil rights attorney Gloria Allred, who previously appeared with Zervos when she came forward about the alleged assault last fall.

"[Zervos] came forward—as a number of other Mr. Trump victims did—to inform the public of the facts she knew were true, to make clear that Donald Trump had kissed and groped her without her consent, repeatedly," the lawsuit states. "And what did Donald Trump, the liar and misogynist do, to cover up his lies? He lied again, and debased and denigrated Ms. Zervos with false statements about her."

Trump previously threatened to sue the numerous women who came forward with stories of inappropriate sexual comments and contact during the lead up to the 2016 election. Now, Zervos's suit will call on the soon-to-be-president to either admit her story is true and apologize, or head to court to defend his claim that Zervos is a "phony."

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