Summer Zervos, the former “Apprentice” contestant who accused Donald Trump of groping her in 2007, now says that Trump Organization records provide “irrefutable proof” that her story is accurate and is asking a judge to unmark them as confidential.
Zervos first came forward in 2016 to accuse Trump of groping her during a meeting in 2007. A year later, Zervos sued the then-president-elect for defamation, arguing that Trump falsely branded her a liar when he called her story “totally made up nonsense.”
Now, Zervos is saying that records provided during discovery by Trump’s private company back up her story:
“[Trump’s] own records — produced for the first time in 2018, long after Ms. Zervos initially spoke out — strongly corroborate [her] account of the sexual assaults that [Trump] inflicted on her, and prove that [he] lied,” Zervos’ attorney wrote in a motion filed in New York Supreme Court on Thursday.
Among the records at hand are emails between Zervos and Trump’s assistant scheduling meetings between the two, which appear to line-up with the timeline Zervos provided in her 2016 public statement. Records also show that Trump stayed at the Beverly Hills Hotel on the night of Dec. 21, 2007, the date and location of when Trump is accused of assaulting Zervos.
Further documentation provides “even more irrefutable proof that [Zervos’] detailed account of her interactions with [Trump] is accurate,” Zervos’ attorney wrote. However, these records are still designated as confidential, and its contents have been redacted from public court filings.
Thursday’s motion argues that the Trump Organization improperly used the “confidential” designation to keep the records private, despite their failure to meet the legal standards that limit the scope of confidentiality.
Zervos is asking the judge to order the de-designation of the documents.
According to Zervos’ attorney, the sole basis for the confidential designation is that the records contain a personal cellphone number for Trump, which the president no longer uses. The motion also notes that the number has been widely publicized in the past, including on Trump’s own Twitter account.
“That argument is nothing short of absurd,” Zervos’ attorney wrote in the motion, going on to say that Trump “evidently is aware that the documents at issue closely corroborate [Zervos’] detailed account of their interactions.”
“That is not a valid reason for [Trump] to use the Confidentiality Stipulation to conceal the truth,” Zavos’ attorney wrote.
A spokesperson for the Trump Organization did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
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