Former Apprentice contestant abruptly drops Trump's defamation suit

Trump celebrated the voluntary withdrawal of the Summer Zervos suit, which he said included 'false allegations.'


Former "Apprentice" contestant Summer Zervos has agreed to drop his defamation suit against former President Donald Trump, according to court records.

In a statement filed Friday with the New York Supreme Court, the lawyers for Zervos and Trump acknowledged that "all claims and allegations made in this case, or which could have been vaccinated, are dismissed and dropped altogether."

The court ruled that the claims were dismissed as "discriminatory," meaning that they would not be re-filed, and that each party would agree to pay its own costs.

The move came as a shock, as Zervos' lawyers had a chance to sue Trump, which he filed in 2017. Last month, Trump's attorney asked the judge for permission to add a charge against Zervos for allegedly "harassing, intimidating, punishing or obstructing in some way." The judge had to rule on the proposal.

Zervos suspected that Trump had ridiculed him for calling him a liar during his 2016 presidential campaign after accusing him of kissing him and not wanting to slap him. The alleged incident took place when he sought medical advice in 2007 after leaving the game.

Trump, who has repeatedly denied Zervos' allegations, celebrated the end of the case in a statement through his political committee on Friday.

"The case against a woman who falsely accused President Trump of making public appearances or money has just been dropped altogether," the statement said. "President Trump is absolutely guaranteed. No money of any kind, or legal costs, has been paid by President Trump, who said, 'It is sad when things like this happen, but it is very important to fight for truth and justice. Only victory can restore human dignity!'"

The Zervos attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Trump's attorney, Alina Habba, said Zervos would be in trouble for Trump's attorney's fees if the lawsuit was successful.

“Ms. Zervos has made the wise decision to cancel his case voluntarily without the exchange of any compensation or legal fees. He had no choice but to do so as the facts revealed in this case make it clear that our client has done nothing wrong, ”said Habba.

The case was one of at least 10 cases pending against Trump.