Former President Donald Trump got another huge court win after former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos dropped her defamation lawsuit against Trump without receiving any monetary compensation. Trump also beat Michael Cohen in court yesterday.
“After five years, Ms. Zervos no longer wishes to litigate against the defendant and has secured the right to speak freely about her experience,” Zervos’ lawyers Beth Wilkinson and Moira Penza said. “Ms. Zervos stands by the allegations in her complaint and has accepted no compensation.”
Trump said: “The lawsuit brought by a woman who made up false accusations against President Trump for publicity or money has just been dropped in its totality. The Fake News Media totally and completely distorted the facts—they are corrupt. President Trump has been totally vindicated.
“No money of any kind, or legal fees, were paid by President Trump, who stated, “It is so sad when things like this can happen, but so incredibly important to fight for the truth and justice. Only victory can restore one’s reputation.”
Zervos had accused Trump of defaming her in a lawsuit filed in the Manhattan Supreme Court in 2017.
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Former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos has agreed to drop her long-running defamation lawsuit against former President Donald Trump, court records show.
In a document filed Friday in New York State Supreme Court, the attorneys for Zervos and Trump agreed that “all claims and counterclaims asserted in this matter, or that could have been asserted, are hereby dismissed and discontinued in their entirety.”
The court filing said the claims are being dropped “with prejudice,” meaning they can’t later be refiled, and that each side agrees to pay their own costs.
The move came as a surprise, because lawyers for Zervos had been on the cusp of deposing Trump in the suit, which she filed in 2017.
Last month, a lawyer for Trump asked the judge for permission to add a counterclaim against Zervos for allegedly “harassing, intimidating, punishing or otherwise maliciously inhibiting” Trump’s free speech rights. The judge had yet to issue a ruling on the motion.