Trump denies evading questioning in 'Apprentice' contestant's defamation case

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Summer Zervos, a erstwhile contestant connected The Apprentice, appears successful New York State Supreme Court during a proceeding connected a defamation lawsuit against U.S. President Donald Trump successful Manhattan, New York, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Barry Williams/Pool/File Photo

NEW YORK, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Donald Trump connected Wednesday rejected an accusation helium was deliberately trying to debar being questioned nether oath successful a defamation suit by a erstwhile contestant connected TV's "The Apprentice" who claimed helium sexually assaulted her.

In a filing with a New York authorities tribunal successful Manhattan, Trump said a assertion helium utilized "delay tactics" to support his accuser Summer Zervos from deposing him by a court-ordered Dec. 23 deadline "patently absurd, disingenuous, and wholly unfounded."

Lawyers for Zervos did not instantly respond to requests for comment.

Zervos has accused Trump of harming her estimation by claiming she lied by accusing him during his 2016 statesmanlike run of subjecting her to unwanted kissing and groping successful 2007, 2 years aft she was connected his world tv show.

The suit seeks a retraction oregon apology, positive compensatory and punitive damages. Trump has denied Zervos' claims and called her lawsuit politically motivated.

On Oct. 18, Trump asked for tribunal support to countersue Zervos for wrongly interfering with his close to talk freely.

The erstwhile president cited a 2020 New York authorities law, known arsenic an "anti-SLAPP" law, meant to deter lawsuits designed to harass defendants for speaking retired connected nationalist issues.

Zervos, who sued Trump successful January 2017, had said allowing the countersuit would hold Trump's deposition, adding to delays that person already caused her "significant prejudice."

But Trump said Zervos knew connected Sept. 30 of his planned countersuit, "which she has nary morganatic ground to oppose," and is herself "unnecessarily delaying" the lawsuit by objecting.

The lawsuit is unresolved successful portion due to the fact that Trump argued portion successful the White House that a sitting president could not beryllium sued.

That became moot aft Joe Biden won the 2020 statesmanlike predetermination and Trump became a backstage citizen. New York's highest tribunal dismissed Trump's latest entreaty successful March.

Reporting by Jonathan Stempel successful New York; Editing by Howard Goller

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