US President Donald Trump on Monday said all rape affirmations against him “counterfeit news” after his crusade was subpoenaed as a component of a slander suit brought by a previous reality competitor.
“Everything I can state is it’s thoroughly phony news. It’s phony and made-up stuff and it’s offensive what happens, yet that occurs in the realm of governmental issues,” he told columnists at the White House.
The claim by Summer Zervos, a previous contender on Trump’s TV “The Apprentice,” says he made “various false, defamatory proclamations” because of her charges that he attempted to kiss and grab her without her consent.
The subpoena, which was issued in March but filed September 19, directs the Trump campaign and its affiliates to hand over documents on Zervos and her associates as well as on “any woman alleging that Donald J. Trump touched her inappropriately.”
It also seeks documents on “any accusations” made during Trump’s election campaign that he “subjected any woman to unwanted sexual touching and/or sexually inappropriate behavior,” and on the president’s responses to allegations against him.
The subpoena, which previously not been made public, was first reported by BuzzFeed News.
Zervos said last year that Trump had made unwanted sexual advances toward her when she met him at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles in 2007 to discuss career opportunities.
Trump moved toward her aggressively during the encounter and touched her on the breast but she rebuffed him, she alleged.
Zervos and several other women who made similar allegations came forward after a 2005 videotape of Trump bragging about groping women surfaced in early October.
The president-elect claimed his comments on the tape were “locker-room banter,” and denounced the sex assault allegations as lies and fabricated stories.
As per Zervos’ suit, “Mr Trump ended up plainly fixated on calling Ms Zervos and whatever other lady who approached to report his manhandle liars with inappropriate intentions.”
Trump is a “liar and misanthrope” who has “corrupted and stigmatized Zervos with false explanations about her,” the claim says.