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Summer Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice, leaves New York State Supreme Court with attorney Gloria Allred (R) after a hearing on the defamation case against U.S. President Donald Trump in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly - RC1D0346BE00

Trump asks New York appeals court to throw out defamation lawsuit from former ‘Apprentice’ contestant

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump’s lawyers are asking a New York state appeals court to throw out or freeze a defamation lawsuit by a former contestant on “The Apprentice” who has accused Trump of unwanted kissing and groping.

Notice of the appeal was filed Sunday.

Trump’s lawyers are challenging a Manhattan judge’s refusal last month to halt the lawsuit by former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos.

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Trump’s lawyers want the appeals court to put the case on hold during his presidency.

Trump has denied subjecting Zervos to unwanted sexual advances. She is suing him for calling her a liar. Zervos wants an apology and at least $2,914.

The Republican president’s lawyers say his remarks were “non-defamatory opinions.”

Zervos’ lawyer, Mariann Wang, said she believed the lower-court’s “well-reasoned” decision will be upheld.

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