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Summer Zervos, a former contestant on the TV show The Apprentice, reacts next to lawyer Gloria Allred (L) while speaking about allegations of sexual misconduct against Donald Trump during a news conference in Los Angeles, California, U.S. October 14, 2016. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian - RTSSB5F

Judge won’t throw out ‘Apprentice’ contestant’s lawsuit against Trump

NEW YORK — Saying no one is above the law, a New York state judge refused to toss out a defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump by a former contestant on “The Apprentice.”

Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Schecter ruled Tuesday that Summer Zervos’ lawsuit can proceed. Lawyers for the president had asked that the lawsuit be tossed out or delayed until Trump is no longer president.

Schecter said the president has no immunity and is subject to the laws for “purely private acts.”

She cited as precedent a civil rights lawsuit against then President Bill Clinton that was ordered to proceed.

Zervos was among several women who accused Trump of unwanted sexual contact.

Her suit says Trump defamed her by calling her allegations “fabricated and made-up.”

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