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Former 'Apprentice' contestant sues Trump for assault denial

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A former Apprentice contestant has sued Donald Trump for denying her sexual-assault claim.

Lawyer Gloria Allred announced on Tuesday that she filed the suit on behalf of Summer Zervos, a contestant on season five of the TV show, report the New York Times, the Hollywood Reporter and LawNewz.

Zervos went public in October with allegations against Trump. She claims Trump kissed her without her consent during a meeting at his New York office, and kissed and groped her, again without her consent, at a Los Angeles hotel where he had arranged to meet her for dinner.

Trump had denied the claim, saying he never met Zervos at a hotel and never greeted her inappropriately. Trump also said the several women who accused him of unwanted touching were telling stories that were “phony” and “100 percent fabricated,” according to the suit.

Allred suggested she may subpoena unaired footage from The Apprentice.

Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said there is no truth to “this absurd story” and it’s “more of the same from Gloria Allred.”

Allred had arranged news conferences for several women who claimed unwanted sexual touching by Trump.

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