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NY court won’t dismiss “Apprentice” contestant lawsuit against Trump

Summer Zervos, a former candidate on "The Apprentice"

Summer Zervos, a former candidate on "The Apprentice" season five, who is accusing Donald Trump of inappropriate sexual conduct, speaks to the press with her attorney Gloria Allred October 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Getty Images North America/Frederick M. Brown

ALBANY — New York’s top court on Thursday rejected a bid by President Donald Trump to dismiss or halt a defamation lawsuit filed against him by former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos.

The Court of Appeals declined motions filed by Trump’s legal team to dismiss the lawsuit outright and to issue a stay preventing discovery or any other legal proceedings while Trump is president.

The decision means that the information-gathering phase of the case can continue — potentially including Trump or Zervos answering questions by each other’s lawyers.

At the same time, a lower appellate court is still considering a separate Trump motion to dismiss Zervos’ claim.

Zervos has claimed Trump aggressively kissed her and groped her breasts. Trump called her a liar — sparking her defamation lawsuit.

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