A New York state judge rules that former The Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump can proceed. This move increases the likelihood that Trump will be forced to answer questioning under oath by Gloria Allred, who represents Zervos.
Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Jennifer Schecter ruled that there as “absolutely no authority” to dismiss Zervos’ lawsuit related “purely to unofficial conduct” because Donald Trump is the president.
Separately, former Playboy bunny Karen McDougal has sued American Media Inc., the parent company of the National Enquirer, that kept her from going public with her story about an affair with Donald Trump, the New York Times reports. McDougal is suing to be released from that contract.
This comes as Stormy Daniels’ attorney released a photograph of her taking a lie detector test in 2011, which she passed. The photograph shows that there was already some discussion back in 2011 about her telling her story. She was paid $130,000 in hush money weeks before the 2016 presidential election.