Trump Might Have To Testify About Sexual Harassment

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President Donald Trump might be forced to testify in court about previous accusations of sexual misconduct.

By calling his accusers "liars," Trump opened himself up to charges of defamation, The Washington Post reports.

Summer Zervos, a former contestant on "The Apprentice," was one of the 16 different women who accused Trump of sexually harassing them. 

Zervos went public after Trump's comment about grabbing women by the genitals was made public in October 2016.

On Oct. 14, she issued a statement alleging that Trump groped her breast and "began thrusting his genitals" when he invited her to join him for dinner at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2007.

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In January, Zervos, along with her attorney, Gloria Allred, filed a defamation of character lawsuit against the president. On Dec. 5, lawyers for Trump are expected to ask a New York state judge to throw out the lawsuit, Reuters reports. 

The judge will hear oral arguments over Trump's motion to dismiss, and then rule on whether the case may move forward.
If it does, Trump could be called to testify regarding other allegations from his past. 

Joseph Cammarata, who represented Paula Jones in her sexual harassment case against former President Bill Clinton, said: "It's almost a train you can't stop going down the tracks. It opens him up to have to answer questions about sexual relations, other relationships, what might have been said, to open up your whole life."

And Trump's reputation for playing loose with the facts could work against him. "An allegation of defamation against somebody who can seem flamboyantly reckless with the truth may have a higher probability of sticking," said Naomi Mezey, a law professor at Georgetown University. "Some women feel equally injured and sometimes more outraged by being publicly attacked and called liars for doing what they feel was very brave and in some respects a public service."

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David Marcus, a law professor at the University of Arizona, thinks the case is "designed to force the president to make public material that he would prefer to keep private."

The fact that the lawsuit was filed in New York might also work against Trump. A New York jury is likely to be "anti-Trump, anti-sexual-misconduct and [have] generally liberal norms," said Robert Rabin, a Stanford University law professor. 

Trump has consistently maintained that Zervos and the 15 other women are lying, notes The Inquisitr.

In October, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that the official White House position is that the women are lying.

Sources: The Washington Post, Reuters via Daily Mail, The Inquisitr / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: The White House/Flickr, Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

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