A subpoena has been issued for material from the NBC reality show “The Apprentice” in connection with a lawsuit against Donald Trump by a former contestant on the show, according to the AP, which cites the woman’s lawyer.
“Summer Zervos’ lawyer, Mariann Wang, said Wednesday she issued a subpoena for any ‘Apprentice’ material that features Zervos or Trump talking about her or discussing other female contestants in a sexual or inappropriate way,” the AP reports. “Wang also subpoenaed records from the Beverly Hills Hotel, where Zervos says Trump made unwelcome advances in 2007.”
Zervos has accused Trump, who hosted “The Apprentice,” of unwanted groping and kissing and is suing him for defamation, the story reports.
The report quotes Wang saying: “We are gathering evidence that will prove that the defendant (Trump) lied when he falsely denigrated Ms. Zervos and denied sexually assaulting her.”
Trump has denied the allegations by Zervos.
“Zervos says he defamed her by saying she lied; Trump’s lawyers say his remarks weren’t slanderous,” the story reports.
The new subpoenas reportedly seek emails, financial records and other documents in addition to video and audio recordings.
“Trump’s attorneys have been trying to get the case dismissed or at least held off until after Trump’s presidency,” the report adds.