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'Apprentice' Contestant Summer Zervos Is the Latest Woman to Accuse Trump of Sexual Assault

Zervos said Trump began "thrusting his genitals" and touching her inappropriately during a work meeting at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

by Lauren Messman
Oct 14 2016, 7:35pm

On Friday, yet another woman added her name to the list of women who claim they have been inappropriately kissed or touched by Donald Trump without their consent.

Summer Zervos, a contestant on season five of The Apprentice, recounted an upsetting series of events that took place during an alleged encounter with Trump in 2007, alongside her lawyer, civil rights attorney Gloria Allred. She claims Trump kissed her on the mouth when she met him at Trump Tower in New York, and later began "thrusting his genitals" and touching her inappropriately during a meeting about a job at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

"He then grabbed my shoulder and began kissing me again very aggressively and placed his hand on my breast. I pulled back and walked to another part of the room," she read from a statement. "He then put me in an embrace and I tried to push him away."

She said she managed to make it clear that she was not interested in his advances, and the two had dinner. After another meeting at his golf course a day later, Trump offered her a job for half of what she said she wanted.

"I felt that I was being penalized for not sleeping with him," she said.

Zervos said she told only a few close friends and family members about the encounters with Trump, but sent his assistant an email in April 2016, asking the Republican candidate for an apology. He did not reply.

Allred said that Zervos hasn't filed a lawsuit and that she's "not seeking money or fame." Allred also stated that Zervos was apparently "very reluctant to come out and speak today, but did so after hearing the Access Hollywood tapes" and Trump's denial of sexual misconduct at the second presidential debate.

Over the past few days, several women have accused Trump of sexual harassment, former Miss USA and Miss Teen USA contestants claimed he would walk in on them changing, and Apprentice staffers reported the host made disrespectful insults to female contestants on the show, including Khloe Kardashian and Marlee Matlin, who is deaf.

"What does she hope comes out of these allegations?" one reporter asked Allred and Zervos.

"I want to be able to sleep when I am 70," Zervos answered.

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