Summer Zervos phone records, new evidence could back up her story.
Alawyer for former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos says that her allegations of sexual assault against Donald Trump are supported by the president’s own cell phone records, according to documents obtained by the Associated Press on Monday. In a court filing as part of a defamation suit against Trump, Zervos and her legal team say she received a call from Trump in December 2007 inviting her to dinner. She says she believed the invitation would lead to career advice, but that she was instead assaulted, subjected to unwanted sexual advances from Trump. Per the phone records, Trump called her the next day and several times thereafter, which Zervos’ lawyer said backed up her claims. “Numerous specific details that Ms. Zervos has provided about those interactions are true,” attorney Mariann Wang said in the filing, per the AP.
Zervos, a contestant on the fifth season of the Apprentice, accused Trump in 2016 of attempting to kiss her on two separate occasions and of groping her at the Beverly Hills Hotel years earlier. Trump has vehemently denied allegations of rape and sexual misconduct from numerous women, including Zervos. “Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign,” he’s said, vowing to sue his accusers. But Zervos beat him to the punch in 2017, filing a defamation suit against the then-president-elect. Though Trump’s legal team has repeatedly moved to have the case dismissed, is has wended its way steadily through the courts.
Trump, of course, is continuing to deny the allegations; Marc Kasowitz, one of the president’s personal attorneys, called claims about the phone records “entirely meritless and not corroborated by any documents.” But the latest development in the Zervos suit is yet another legal headache for Trump, who on Monday was also sued for defamation by writer E. Jean Carroll. “I am filing this on behalf of every woman who has ever been harassed, assaulted, silenced, or spoken up only to be shamed, fired, ridiculed and belittled,” wrote Carroll, who accused Trump this year of raping her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the 1990s. “No person in this country should be above the law—including the president.”