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Woman suing Trump for defamation loses bid for evidence on other women

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By Reuters
Woman suing Trump for defamation loses bid for evidence on other women
Summer Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice, appears in New York State Supreme Court during a hearing on a defamation case against U.S. President Donald Trump in Manhattan, New York, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Barry Williams   -   Copyright  POOL New(Reuters)

By Brendan Pierson

NEWYORK (Reuters) – A former contestant on the television show “The Apprentice” who accused U.S. President Donald Trump in a lawsuit of defaming her by denying her claim that he kissed and groped her against her will, lost a motion to compel Trump to answer requests for evidence related to accusations against him by other women.

Justice Jennifer Schecter of the New York state court in Manhattan on Friday ruled at a hearing that Trump must turn over evidence and answer questions related directly to the former contestant, Summer Zervos, but not about claims involving other women that are “factually completely unrelated to her and her claim.”

Zervos, an Apprentice contestant in 2005, had accused Trump of kissing her against her will at his New York office in 2007 and later groping her at a meeting at a hotel in California. She came forward with the allegations in October 2016 shortly before Trump’s election.

Trump has denied the allegations. Christine Montenegro, a lawyer for Trump, said at Friday’s hearing that Trump intended to fight the lawsuit by proving they were false.

Zervos sued Trump for defamation in 2017 after he labelled such allegations lies and retweeted a post calling her claims a hoax.

(Reporting By Brendan Pierson in New York; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)