Weeks before the 2016 election, Zervos accused Trump of assaulting her when she went to his bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2007 to discuss a possible job at the Trump Organization. In fact, it was recently revealed that Apprentice alum Summer Zervos' legal team submitted a subpoena to 45's campaign for documents that have anything to do with her alleged assault as well as others.
His comments also follow a flood of reports that Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted over two dozen women over a couple decades, with well-known actresses like Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rose McGowan coming forward about the movie mogul's predatory behavior. That is not who I am as a person, and it is not how I've conducted my life. "Ms. Zervos was not a political rival, nor was she a political observer routinely occupied with censuring hopefuls", Zervos' lawyers countered in a court documenting a month ago.
After Trump denied having done what he bragged about doing, 11 women came forward to accuse the Republican of sexual misconduct - one of whom, Summer Zervos, is now suing the president for defamation, after Trump insisted each of his accusers is a liar. The document specifically lists at least nine women in addition to Zervos who have accused Trump of groping them- Jessica Leeds, Mindy McGillivray, Rachel Crooks, Natasha Stoynoff, Temple Taggart, Kristin Anderson, Cathy Heller, Jill Harth, and Jessica Drake.
Information about the subpoena was entered into the court record as part of a filing in which Zervos' attorneys argued against dismissal of the suit. He's now ordered to provide the court with all documents from his election campaign about "any woman alleging that [he] touched her inappropriately".
Her claim came shortly after the October 2016 release of the now-infamous "Access Hollywood" tape from 2005 in which Trump said, "And when you're a star, they let you do it". The allegedly defamatory statements were made during a national political campaign that involved heated political debate in political forums. Trump instead offered to meet her at his office. On Monday, asked about the subpoena at an impromptu White House news conference, Trump called it "totally fake news". "Ms. Allred has served a far-reaching subpoena on the Trump campaign that seeks wholly irrelevant information intended exclusively to harass the President".
While Trump's lawyers have said Zervos' claims are politically propelled, her attorneys oppose this idea.