What Does Summer Zervos Say Donald Trump Did? The Accusations Are Mounting
At an emotional press conference hosted by celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, another woman accused Donald Trump of inappropriate sexual conduct. Summer Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice, alleged that Trump kissed and groped her without her consent in 2007. According to Zervos, the incident occurred during what was ostensibly supposed to be a business meeting at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Zervos, who made the accusation publicly for the first time Friday, says that Trump invited her to discuss potential employment opportunities, but ended up kissing her "very aggressively," touched her breast, held her in an unwanted embrace and thrust his genitals at her, despite her multiple protestations. Update: Summer Zervos, one of the 15 women who accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct, is suing Trump for defamation. “All of these liars will be sued after the election is over,” Trump said at an October 2016 rally in response to Zervos and the others who alleged he sexually assaulted them. Trump also issued a statement in October denying Zervos' allegations and saying that he never met her at a hotel, nor did he greet her "inappropriately."
Earlier: Zervos says she reached out to Trump after her appearance on Season 5 of The Apprentice about potential employment opportunities, and that they initially met at his office in New York. According to Zervos, Trump indicated that he'd like to hire her, and kissed her on the lips twice during this encounter. She says that this made her "feel very nervous and embarrassed," and that she called her parents and a friend to tell them about the unwanted kisses shortly thereafter.
A few days later, Trump invited her to have dinner at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Zervos alleges, again to meet about a potential job. But Zervos says that, upon her arrival, Trump's security detail led her instead to a bungalow, and that shortly after her arrival, Trump appeared and made several unwanted sexual advances toward her.
According Zervos, she waited in the bungalow for around 15 minutes before Trump "emerged" (from where is unclear), approached her and began kissing her "open-mouthed." She says that she pulled away and sat in a chair, and that Trump sat in an adjacent love seat and asked her to sit next to him. Zervos says that after she complied, the real estate magnate "grabbed" her shoulder, began kissing her "very aggressively" and placed his hand on her breast. This prompted Zervos to get up and walk to another part of the room, she says; Trump responded by grabbing her hand and walking her into the bedroom, according to Zevos.
"I walked out," Zervos alleges. "[Trump] then turned me around and said, 'let's lay down and watch some telly-telly.' He put me in an embrace and I tried to push him away. I pushed his chest to put some space between us, and I said, 'come on, man, get real.'" He repeated my words back to me — 'get reaaaaaal' — as he began thrusting his genitals. He tried to kiss me again, and with my hand still on his chest I said, 'dude, you're trippin' right now,' attempting to make it clear I was not interested."
At that point, Zervos says, Trump asked her what she wanted, to which she replied that she came to have dinner. She says that he agreed, then started pacing around the room "like he was a bit angry." The two had dinner, Zervos says, and Trump opined that he didn't think she had "ever known love."
Zervos says that Trump ultimately did offer her the job she had been interested in, but with only half of the salary she'd proposed to him in their earlier meetings about the position. Zervos claims she told Trump she believed he'd offered her a lower salary out of retaliation for her refusal to sleep with him; Trump's reply, according to Zervos, was that he was playing golf at the time and couldn't discuss the matter with her.
Allred has taken on many high-profile cases throughout her decades-long career. As a civil rights attorney, she's focused largely on alleged discrimination against women and minorities — especially by political candidates. During the 2012 Republican primary, she represented a woman who claimed she had been sexually harassed by pizza tycoon Herman Cain, who was then running for the GOP nomination. Two years earlier, she represented a housekeeper who accused Meg Whitman, then a candidate in the California governor's race, of firing her after learning that she was undocumented.
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