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Trump pushing to dismiss suit brought by former ‘Apprentice’ contestant over groping claims

Summer Zervos (right), a former contestant on “The Apprentice,” arrives with lawyer Gloria Allred at the New York County Criminal Court on Tuesday. | Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images

The president’s private attorney has argued that Trump is immune from state lawsuits while he is in office.

Sexual harassment allegations against President Donald Trump dating back to his days hosting the reality TV show “The Apprentice” will be raised in a New York courtroom Tuesday afternoon, where a judge will hear arguments on a motion to dismiss a suit brought by a former contestant who says Trump groped her a decade ago.

Summer Zervos filed a defamation suit after Trump issued a statement appearing to dismiss her allegations that he repeatedly kissed her on the mouth, grabbed her breast and thrust his genitals at her when she appeared on the show in 2007.

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In court filings, Trump’s private attorney Marc Kasowitz argued the president is immune from state lawsuits while he is in office, a claim that stems from a Supreme Court ruling in the 1997 case involving President Bill Clinton and former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones, which found the president is not immune from civil lawsuits while in office but left unanswered questions about whether states can properly manage such suits.

Zervos’ claims are among allegations made by at least nine other women that they were harassed or sexually assaulted by President Trump.

The hearing comes just one day after President Donald Trump endorsed Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused by multiple women of sexually harassing and assaulting them as minors decades ago.

Trump has reportedly tried to cast doubt in recent weeks on the veracity of a 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape in which he’s heard telling the show’s then-anchor, Billy Bush, that he’d grabbed women’s genitals. On Monday, Bush wrote in an op-ed for the New York Times: “Of course he said it.”

In recent months, allegations of sexual harassment and assault made against powerful celebrities, entertainment executives and politicians have led to a wave of resignations and firings, as well as recriminations and finger-pointing on Capitol Hill over congressional procedures for handling harassment claims against its own members.

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