Gloria Allred Announces Trump Sexual Assault Lawsuit

During a press conference on Tuesday, former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos announced that she has filed a against United States president-elect Donald Trump, just three days shy of his inauguration ceremony.

Zervos, who's seeking a retraction plus unspecified damages, also characterizes Trump as a "sexual predator" in the suit.

According to Allred, Zervos underwent a polygraph test to verify her initial claims of sexual misconduct against Trump, which she passed, and the test administrator claimed she was telling the truth.

That year, Trump allegedly phoned Zervos at her California home, and asked her to visit the Beverly Hills Hotel, where he was staying, for a so-called business meeting.

The suit cites "d$3 eliberately false, defamatory statements spewed forth and out of his Twitter account-often at odd hours, and on information and belief, written and posted from his home in New York City-and unfettered at large rallies to angry crowds".

Zervos likely can not pursue sexual assault charges against Trump due to the statute of limitations, but Allred has previously used the the defamation suit tactic against Bill Cosby, representing the multiple women who have accused the disgraced comedian of rape.

Zervos' lawsuit focuses on a number of allegations that she laid out in an October press conference, which also took place at Allred's office.

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Summer Zervos alleges Mr Trump kissed and groped her against her will in 2007. The allegations came amid the publication of a bombshell 2005 Access Hollywood recording showing Trump bragging about groping women without their consent. Trump promptly denied the allegations and said in a statement, "I never met her at a hotel or greeted her inappropriately a decade ago".

Allred said at the press conference that after Zervos came forward, Trump "lied, debased and denigrated" her in public, denying that he'd ever met her.

"We are going to fight this fight, we are going to fight this battle, because Ms. Zervos is the right one to fight for", Allred said.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday challenges Trump to choose to admit what Allred called "sexually inappropriate behavior" or fight the accusations in court. "Those that allege they were victims of sexual assault or sexual misconduct by Donald Trump matter", said Ms Allred. After Trump won the election past year, Allred hinted that there would be more to come from the women's testimonies.

After arriving at Trump's hotel room, Zervos alleged that Trump began kissing her "very aggressively and placed his hand on my breast".

Trump "maliciously" threw these women "under the bus with conscious disregard" for the impact his words would have, Allred said, reading from the paperwork.

Trump's transition team did not respond to VICE News' request for comment.

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