Summer Zervos, a former contestant on the Apprentice show, has filed a defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump, US president-elect.
Zervos is suing Trump for saying she lied about her allegation of sexual assault against him.
She claimed Trump “thrust his genitals” at her during a meeting to discuss job opportunities at a Beverly Hills hotel in 2007.
She’s one of the several women made allegations of sexual assault against Trump during the campaign phase of the American presidential election.
At the time, Trump denied the allegations and described his accusers as being motivated by fame and money.
Zervos announced the lawsuit at a news conference on Tuesday in Los Angeles, US, describing Trump as a “liar and misogynist”.
“Since Mr Trump has not issued a retraction, as I requested, he has therefore left me with no alternative but to sue him in order to vindicate my reputation,” said Zervos.
According to her lawsuit, the president-elect defamed her by denying her claims and accusing her and other women of making up sexual assault claims.
Zervos said she had urged Trump to retract his words but he refused to, adding that the lawsuit could be withdrawn if Trump retracts his statement and admits that he groped her.
Donald Trump is expected to be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, January 20.
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