Trump ordered to hand over groping documents

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Zervos' attorneys ordered Trump's campaign to turn over "all documents" relating to Zeros and almost a dozen other women who have accused Trump of unwanted sexual advances and touching.

It also seeks documents on "any accusations" made during Trump's election campaign that he "subjected any woman to unwanted sexual touching and/or sexually inappropriate behavior", and on the president's responses to allegations against him.

According to Buzzfeed, the subpoena came from attorneys for Summer Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice who has accused Trump of kissing and groping her in 2007. Other documents requested include anything pertaining to the infamous Access Hollywood tape; Trump's whereabouts in December 2007; communications with or about Zervos; statements by Zervos regarding Trump; any payments made to or for Barry, and specific statements Trump and his surrogates made during the 2016 election, among other things.

Zervos, in response, sued Trump for defamation, and served the subpoena as part of the suit.

The subpoena did not make its way into the court file until last month, when Zervos' attorneys, including the high-profile lawyer Gloria Allred, filed it as part of motion disputing a contention from Trump's legal team that her subpoena was too broad.

Zervos claims Trump kissed her twice on the lips amid a lunch meeting in his New York City office and on a different event in Beverly Hills, she affirms he kissed her forcefully and touched her bosom.

Trump's lawyers have responded to the subpoena (which can be read here) saying, "Ms. Allred has served a far-reaching subpoena on the Trump campaign that seeks wholly irrelevant information intended exclusively to harass the President".

The president's attorneys have been working to get the lawsuit dismissed or even delayed until he leaves office.

Zervos filed a defamation lawsuit, alleging that she was falsely branded a liar after she went public with her allegations. They also tried to dismiss the subpoena in July, arguing that it "seeks wholly irrelevant information intended exclusively to harass the president".

However, Zervos said the leaked Access Hollywood tape, in which Trump can be heard boasting about using his celebrity status to grope women, had given her a new perspective on her encounter with Trump. Trump has until October 31 to respond to the subpoena.

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