President Donald Trump was dealt a major defeat on Tuesday after a New York judge denied an attempt by Trump’s lawyers to block a defamation case against the president. The lawsuit was filed by former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos who claims Trump groped her a decade ago.
This means Zervos’ complaint will now move forward, CNN reports.
The former contestant on the NBC show has accused Trump of sexually assaulting her in 2007. She claims Trump kissed her aggressively and touched her breast.
The statute of limitations for the alleged misconduct has passed. But Zervos and her lawyer Gloria Allred filed a defamation lawsuit alleging that Trump harmed her reputation by calling her a liar.
After the suit was filed, Trump lawyers filed a motion to dismiss the case, arguing that a president has immunity from such lawsuits in state courts.On Tuesday, Judge Jennifer Schecter sided with Zervos.
“No one is above the law. It is settled that the President of the United States has no immunity and is ‘subject to the laws’ for purely private acts,” Schecter wrote.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment on the ruling.