Judge rules Trump must sit for deposition in defamation lawsuit

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House counsel called Trump 'King Kong' behind his back: report Trump stays out of Arizona's ugly and costly GOP fight Trump claims he instructed White House counsel to cooperate with Mueller MORE must be deposed in a defamation lawsuit brought last year by a former contestant on "The Apprentice," a judge in Manhattan ruled Tuesday.

In a court order, Judge Jennifer Schechter set a Jan. 31, 2019, deadline for both parties to be deposed in the lawsuit, the New York Post reported. The parties also now face a July 13 deadline to issue requests for documents in the case.

The lawsuit brought by Summer Zervos, a former contestant on "The Apprentice," alleges that Trump defamed her by publicly claiming she had fabricated claims that Trump groped and kissed her without her consent in 2007.

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According to the Post, the lawsuit is set to go to trial sometime after June 7, 2019.

Despite Schechter's order that Trump must sit for a deposition, there's still a chance he could avoid that. His lawyers have appealed the case to the New York Court of Appeals, and are still awaiting a response.

Mark Kasowitz, a lawyer for Trump, also said on Tuesday that he would seek to block Zervos's lawyers from asking the president about other women who allege they were sexually harassed or assaulted by Trump, the Post reported. 

Schechter's order came two weeks after Kasowitz argued in a court filing that the president is immune to prosecution, and offered point-by-point denials of the allegations against Trump.

Filing the response, however, allowed Zervos's legal team to request to formally question the president under oath