Former President Donald Trump won two major legal victories on Friday, Nov. 12. One was due to Summer Zervas, one of the women who accused Donald Trump of sexual assault, dropping her defamation claim after the former president denied wrongdoing, according to Fox News.
Summer Zervas, a former contestant on “The Apprentice,” decided, without giving reasons, to end her 2017 lawsuit in which she accused Donald Trump of defaming her by denying that he committed sexual assault against her in 2007.
According to reports, Zervas’ lawyers, Beth Wilkinson and Moira Penza, said in a statement that their client “no longer wishes to litigate against the defendant and has secured the right to speak freely about her experience.”
They also assured that Zervas had received nothing from Trump in exchange for dropping the case.
“It is so sad when things like this can happen, but so incredibly important to fight for the truth and justice,” Trump said. “Only victory can restore one’s reputation,” the former president added in his statement.
In her lawsuit, Zervos claimed that Trump in 2007 forcibly took her to a Los Angeles hotel room. At the time, Trump filed an appeal claiming immunity from prosecution. And in March of this year, nearly two months after Trump left the White House; the New York State Court of Appeals dismissed it.
According to Fox News, Trump said Zervos’ accusations were politically motivated.
His lawyer, Alina Habba, had attempted to file a counterclaim against the ‘former trainee,’ claiming that Trump was covered by New York State’s “anti-SLAPP” law, intended to protect individuals from judicial harassment related to their participation in public life.
Regarding Zervas’ decision to drop the lawsuit, Habba said she had “no choice,” as the facts “made it abundantly clear that our client did nothing wrong.”
Also, on the same Friday, a lawsuit filed in 2019 by Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen against his firm was dismissed by a New York state judge. Cohen had asked Trump for $1.9 million to cover legal fees.
According to the judge, his decision was based on two flaws. The first was that Cohen’s arguments were based on verbal agreements that did not match those in written form.
And the second point was most of the work the plaintiff attorney claimed legal fees for was carried out for Trump, his 2016 campaign, or his foundation. But not “… out of his service to the business of the Trump Organization, which is the only defendant in this case,” the judge ruled.
Kimberly Benza, a spokeswoman for the Trump Organization, said in a statement that attorney Cohen’s enrichment attempts “failed yet again,” according to the New York Post.