Summer Zervos, a former contestant on the Trump's reality TV show The Apprentice, accused Trump of kissing and grabbing her when she went to his bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2007 to discuss a possible job at the Trump Organization. Trump instead offered to meet her at his office. Zervos sued Trump for defamation, arguing she lost money and suffered emotionally because Trump accused her of lying.
Zervos accused Trump last October that he attempted to kiss her during private meetings in both NY and LA a decade ago.
"The subpoena was served, but we agreed with the campaign to adjourn their response date until after the motion to dismiss is decided, as long as they gave us assurances that the documents be preserved (which they did.)", Allred told NBC News via email.
According to court filings unearthed by BuzzFeed, the subpoena was actually issued to the Trump campaign in March. As part of that suit, her lawyers served a subpoena on his campaign, asking that it preserve all documents it had about her. The president's lawyer tried to have the suit dismissed in July, claiming that a sitting president can not face a civil lawsuit. In a movement, his legal counselors said on the grounds that this is a state claim it can't continue against a sitting president. The allegedly defamatory statements were made during a national political campaign that involved heated political debate in political forums.
His lawyers also said if the case isn't dropped at least it should be stayed until he leaves office. They also tried to shoot down the subpoena, calling it too "far reaching" and saying it targeted "wholly irrelevant information intended exclusively to harass the president". "To be sure, Ms. Allred herself has addressed how the President could run the nation if looked with wide revelation".
"In opposition to Defendants' turn, this case isn't about vigorous political verbal confrontation. Ms. Zervos was not a political opponent, nor was she a political commentator routinely engaged in criticizing candidates", Zervos' attorneys countered in a court filing last month. "Defendant then used his global bully pulpit to violate her for a second time".
Neither the White House nor the Trump campaign have immediately returned Bustle's request for a comment.
Trump's response to Zervos' motion is due October 31, according to Zervos' attorney, Gloria Allred.