Scoop: ‘Apprentice’ contestant sues Trump for defamation

Donald Trump’s sexual indiscretions are making news again.

On Tuesday, former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos sued the soon-to-be president for defamation, saying he labeled her a liar to save his hopes for the White House after she went public with accusations he groped her in 2007.

Zervos’ suit, which was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, alleges that Trump “kissed her on the mouth repeatedly” without consent, “touched her breast” and “pressed his genitals up against her,” the New York Daily News reported.

She tried to get him to stop by “shoving him away from her forcefully, and telling him to ‘get real.’”

Zervos, who announced the suit in a press conference with her lawyer Gloria Allred, said she would retract it if Trump issued a retraction of his comments about her.

Zervos, the first contestant voted off the fifth season of “The Apprentice,” was one of more than 10 women who accused Trump of unwanted advances in 2016.

“Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign, total fabrication. The events never happened,” Trump said in October, after tapes of his lewd discussion with Billy Bush on “Access Hollywood” went public.

Allred has represented other Trump accusers, including adult actress Jessica Drake, and former Miss USA contestant Temple Taggart.


Announcing San Francisco Opera’s upcoming 95th season to the media on Tuesday, director Matthew Shilvock hosted composer John Adams and librettist-director Peter Sellars in a discussion of their November world premiere “Girls of the Golden West,” based on tales of the Gold Rush era — and not just white guys’ stories, said Sellars, who called the show’s title great “for the side of a bus — a very good ad.”

Adams said, “I’m thrilled to be able to do this opera here in my hometown, but I have to finish it first.”

Also on hand was director Francesca Zambello, who heads up the “Ring” Cycle again in 2018. She astutely noted that both pieces are inspired by gold — how it “inspires and destroys.” However, there was no direct naming of our president elect.


“Liminal Space/Crossings,” an installation by Bay Area artist Summer Mei Ling Lee exploring the immigrant experience and based on interviews with longtime Chinatown residents, will be unveiled at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 in Ross Alley (between Washington and Jackson streets in The City). Jenny Leung, publicist for the Chinese Culture Center, says the event also includes appearances by artist Laura Boles Faw and musicians Gabriel Case and Hexuan Li…. The Oakland Zoo and WildCare, an environmental education group, are looking for a permanent home for five baby raccoons that were unknowingly transported from Fort Myers, Fla., to Stinson Beach inside the back of a moving truck.


Singer Estelle is 37. … Actor-screenwriter Jason Segel is 37. … Comedian Dave Attell is 52. … Actor Mark Rylance is 57. … Actor-director Kevin Costner is 62. … Singer-songwriter Bobby Goldsboro is 76.

— Staff, wire report

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