NY appeals court rejects Trump bid to halt defamation lawsuit

UPDATE 1-NY appeals court rejects Trump bid to halt defamation lawsuit

Trump's motion to freeze Summer Zervos' defamation suit denied by appellate court

President Donald Trump's request to have former The Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos' defamation lawsuit against him delayed was denied Thursday by a NY appeals court.

"Now, upon reading and filing the papers with respect to the motion, and due deliberation having been had thereon, it is ordered that the motion is denied", the court wrote in its four-sentence ruling.

Zervos has said those denials amounted to defamation. The New York State Court of Appeals, the highest court in that state, denied their motion to stay the case. This means that Zervos' legal team could proceed with the "discovery" process, or the gathering of unaired Apprentice outtakes and other forms of evidence that may be relevant to the case.

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

Zervos filed the defamation suit at the start of 2017, three days before Donald Trump assumed the presidency, alleging that he made defamatory statements about her on the campaign trail where he repeatedly accused her and other women who made similar allegations of lying.

Trump's attorneys have argued that the venue would give a state judge improper authority over the president, a position rejected by a lower court in March.

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.

"We look forward to proving Ms. Zervos's claim that defendant lied when he maliciously attacked her for reporting his sexually abusive behavior", Wang said in a statement. That case opened the door for President Clinton's impeachment.

A NY court says former "Apprentice" contestant Summer Zervos can proceed with her defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump, at least for now.

After Daniels - whose real name is Stephanie Clifford - released a sketch of a man she said threatened her to remain quiet about Trump in 2011, the president posted a tweet deriding "a nonexistent man" and called her story a "total con job", which led to her defamation suit in federal court in Manhattan. The subpoena from Zervos' lawyers also demands records from the Beverly Hills Hotel from 2005 through 2009, as well as "all video recordings that depict the entrances, common areas, or bungalow areas" of the hotel from December 2007.

Zervos' attorneys Gloria Allred (who withdrew from the case in March) and Mariann Wang praised the appellate court decision. The Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution prohibited state courts from exercising jurisdiction over a sitting president.

"This case is going forward", he said.

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