Trump to send written answers under oath in defamation lawsuit from former ‘Apprentice’ contestant: report

Trump to send written answers under oath in defamation lawsuit from former ‘Apprentice’ contestant: report
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' MORE will reportedly send written answers under oath to questions in the defamation lawsuit from a former “Apprentice” contestant who has accused him of sexual misconduct.

New court filings show that Trump’s lawyers reached an agreement with lawyers for Summer Zervos to exchange “written answers and objections” ahead of a Sept. 28 deadline, according to The Washington Post.

According to the Post, New York state rules require Trump’s answers to be sworn or verified, meaning that he could be open to perjury charges if the answers are false.

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Zervos brought the lawsuit against Trump shortly before his inauguration, alleging that the president defamed her by publicly claiming that she fabricated her accusations against him.

Trump denies the groping allegations, and has defended his statements against Zervos as “non-defamatory opinions.”

Zervos says that Trump kissed and groped her without consent in 2007, and was one of more than a dozen women who came forward during the 2016 election to accuse Trump of past sexual misconduct.

Trump’s legal team for the case, led by his personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz, has repeatedly tried and failed to have the case dismissed.

Zervos’s lawyer also reportedly argued in a letter released Friday that attorneys for Trump and the Trump Organization have blocked her requests for documents in the case.

A judge ruled earlier this year that Trump can be deposed in the case, which is expected to go to trial sometime after June 7, 2019.

— This report was updated at 8:25 a.m.