LOS ANGELES (Reuters) Body approximately endless weeks of frustration females who previously accused President-elect Mr . trump of developing unwanted sexual advances filed a suit against him in Big apple on Tuesday, alleging he made false and defamatory statements about her in rejecting the accusation, causing her emotional and economic harm.
The lawsuit filed by Summer Zervos, a one-time contestant on Trump's reality television series "The Apprentice," is centered on a stream of denials Trump aimed at her along with women accusers last October, just weeks ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election, when Zervos and others came toward accuse the then-candidate of getting unwanted sexual advances.
Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks known as allegations "absurd."
“More the exact same from Gloria Allred," said Hicks, discussing Zervos' high-profile attorney. "There isn’t a truth to the present absurd story."
At enough time women made their allegations, Trump, a Republican, who began to win the election and who takes office on Friday, adamantly denied the many accusations in posts on Twitter, statements, interviews and comments at rallies. He suggested at one rally in Charlotte, N . c ., on Oct. 14 that this accusers were fabricating their stories for publicity as well as to damage his campaign.
With regard to Zervos specifically, Trump told the rally in Charlotte just hours after she made her allegations it was subsequently "not hard to identify a small small amount of people prepared to make false smears form of hosting fame, discussion maybe for financial reasons, political purposes,” as per the lawsuit.
"Mr. Trump's false, defamatory statements about Ms. Zervos – that, among other things, she made up her descriptions of Mr. Trump's misconduct as being a hoax, and therefore she’s building a 'phony' story so that he may be famous – have already been deeply detrimental to Ms. Zervos's reputation, honor and dignity,” the lawsuit stated.
At a news conference in Chicago announcing the lawsuit on Tuesday, Zervos said she wanted Trump to apologize.
"Since Mr. Trump haven’t issued a retraction after i requested, he has got therefore left me with no alternative besides suit him for you to vindicate my reputation," Zervos said.
Her lawsuit said she was seeking "all possible remedies," such as the apology and retraction, from Trump.
Allred, who also represents a number of ladies that have accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct, raised the choice at the news conference that Trump could be instructed to give you a deposition in cases where.
The lawsuit said Trump kissed Zervos without her consent at his office in New York in December 2007 and then with a hotel in Beverly Hills, California, kissed her, touched her breast and aimed to get her to lie on the bed after a meeting regarding a possible job.
She as well as other women came forward from video from 2005 surfaced showing Trump boasting of producing unwanted advances toward women including grabbing women with the genitals – a video he later apologized for but said was simply “locker room talk” and has not been his actual behavior.