Unpopular Trump faces new sexual assault lawsuit

  • 18/01/2017

Summer Zervos, a contestant on The Apprentice, has announced legal action against President-elect Donald Trump for defamation.

Before the election, Ms Zervos accused Mr Trump of inappropriate sexual advances as she sought his career advice at a meeting at the Beverly Hills Hotel. But she did not file a lawsuit at that time.

The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday in New York. Her laywer Gloria Allred said after he was hit with accusations of sexual misconduct, Mr Trump "knowingly, intentionally, and maliciously threw" Ms Zervos and other accusers "under the bus" and called them "liars."

Ms Zervos contended that after she contacted Mr Trump following her stint on The Apprentice, he invited her to a 2007 meeting at the Beverly Hills Hotel. But when she arrived, she was directed to his bungalow, where he attempted to force himself on her and groped her.

Ms Zervos said that she filed her lawsuit to restore her reputation after Mr Trump's denials. Ms Allred said that Ms Zervos had passed a polygraph test after offering to take one.

Before the election, more than a dozen women accused Mr Trump of unwanted sexual advances, harassment or groping. He denied their claims.

Ms Allred said the she and Ms Zervos plan to take part in the Women's March on Washington, which will take place on Saturday, the day after Mr Trump's inauguration.

It comes as a new poll shows confidence in Mr Trump is falling in the US.

"The new CNN poll is out today and Trump becomes President with an approval rating of just 40 percent - the lowest of any recent president. That's 44 points below that of President Barack Obama," US Correspondent Carol Ramos told RadioLIVE on Wednesday. 

More than 50 Democrat members of Congress have announced they're boycotting Mr Trump's inauguration.

In 2016 one victim Jessica Leeds told the New York Times Mr Trump touched her inappropriately on a flight more than 30 years ago. 

"He was like an octopus," she said. "His hands were everywhere."

She alleged he lifted the armrest and began to touch her during the flight, soon progressing to groping her breasts and trying to put his hands up her skirt.

Many of the allegations came out after a 2005 Hollywood Access recording was released in 2016, revealing Mr Trump bragging about grabbing women's crotches and getting away with it because he was famous.

Following the revelations, Mr Trump said: "I've said and done things I regret, and the words released today in a decade-old video are one of them.

"Anyone who knows me knows these words don't reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong, and I apologise."

The Trump team has not responded to the latest lawsuit announcement.

Figures show more than half of white US women voted for Mr Trump in the November election, while very few women of different ethnicities voted for him.

Newshub. / Reuters