Summer Zervos: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Summer Zervos accuses Donald Trump of sexual assault during a press conference. (Getty)

The president-elect of the United States is being sued for defamation.

Summer Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice, accused Donald Trump in October 2016 of having sexually harassed her nine years earlier. At the time, Trump dismissed Zervos’ allegations, as well as the allegations of several other women who came forward with similar claims; he called these women liars and accused them of making up stories in order to get his opponent, Hillary Clinton, elected.

During a press conference on January 17th, Summer Zervos announced that she had filed a defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump. She said on Tuesday that Trump knowingly and repeatedly lied to throw her and other accusers under the bus.

“In doing so, he used his national and international bully pulpit to make false factual statements to denigrate and verbally attack Ms. Zervos and the other women who publicly reported his sexual assaults in October 2016,” the lawsuit reads. “Mr. Trump knew that his false, disparaging statements would be heard and read by people around the world, and that these women, including Summer Zervos, would be subjected to threats of violence, economic harm, and reputational damage.”

Zervos is being represented by Gloria Allred, whose clients frequently include victims of sexual abuse. In October, Zervos said that she met with Donald Trump in 2007 to discuss a job opportunity, only for him to forcibly kiss her and thrust his genitals at her as she told him to stop. Gloria Allred says that she has spoken to several people who Zervos told about the incident at the time and who can corroborate. Allred also said on January 17th that Zervos has passed a polygraph test.

You can read the entire defamation lawsuit, which was filed in the state of New York on January 17th, below:

Here’s what you need to know about Summer Zervos and her allegations.

1. She Competed in the Fifth Season of ‘The Apprentice’

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Summer Zervos was a contestant on the NBC series The Apprentice. (RealityTVWorld)

Summer Zervos encountered Donald Trump when she competed in the fifth season of The Apprentice, Donald Trump’s hit NBC show. The fifth season aired from February to June of 2006.

Zervos was the first contestant to be fired that season. In the show, blame was placed on her for not calling up enough restaurants for a promotion while she competed with the Gold Rush team, and so she was fired by Trump at the beginning of the season.

The Apprentice contestant grew up in California, and she came to New York in order to be on the NBC reality series. Ironically, the next season would end up taking place in Los Angeles, but Zervos said in an interview at the time that she enjoyed the experience of coming to New York City.

“I am a little bummed,” Zervos said of the fact that she just barely missed the season that was being filmed in California, where she is from. “But being in New York, living here…I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything.”

In her statement in October, Zervos says that she admired Trump before coming on The Apprentice, seeing him as a possible mentor. This high opinion of Trump continued even after she was fired, which is why she got in contact with him about a year later.

2. She Says Donald Trump Forcibly Kissed Her on the Lips

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Summer Zervos says that Donald Trump kissed her on the lips when she met with him at Trump Tower. (Getty)

Zervos says that a year after her experience on The Apprentice, she was going to be in New York City for a social obligation, and so she decided to contact Trump to see if he wanted to have lunch. She says she was told that Trump didn’t have time but that he could meet her at his office in Trump Tower.

As soon as she arrived at Trump’s office, Zervos alleges that Trump immediately kissed her on the lips.

“She was taken aback, but thought perhaps that Mr. Trump just greeted people that way,” the lawsuit reads.

Zervos says she decided to let the kiss go, and the two began talking. Trump then allegedly told Zervos that he would love to have her work for him, and he complimented her for being smart and attractive. Then, just as she was about to leave, Zervos says that Trump kissed her on the lips a second time.

“The kisses on her mouth — done without her consent — made Ms. Zervos feel uncomfortable, nervous and embarrassed,” the lawsuit reads. “She felt that it was inappropriate behavior. She spoke to a friend and her parents about it, all of whom concluded that this must just the way that Mr. Trump greeted people.”

3. She Says That Trump Sexually Assaulted Her When She Met With Him at a Hotel

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Gloria Allred holds a press conference with Summer Zervos. (Getty)

Zervos says that Trump called her up when she returned home from that meeting and asked her to meet him at a hotel to discuss a job opportunity. Trump was coming to Los Angeles, and he wanted to have dinner with her and meet at a Beverly Hills hotel, Zervos says.

When she met with Trump, Zervos alleges that he again began kissing her on the mouth very aggressively, going on to place his hand on her breast. She says that she tried to get him to stop, making clear she was not interested.

“Ms. Zervos never consented to any of this disgusting touching,” the lawsuit reads. “Instead, she repeatedly expressed that he should stop his inappropriate sexual behavior, including by shoving him away from her forcefully, and telling him to ‘get real.’ Mr. Trump did not care, he kept touching her anyway.”

The lawsuit goes on to say that, “Mr. Trump repeated her words back to her lasciviously, drawing out the second word and saying, “get reeeeal,” as he began to press his genitals against her, trying to kiss her again.”

Zervos alleges that she repeatedly avoided sexual contact and told Trump that she just came to have dinner, and after this was made clear, Zervos says that Trump became angry. She says that over dinner, Trump suddenly began speaking all about business, and shortly after dinner, they parted for the night. Zervos adds that when she tried to follow up about a job with the Trump Organization, now that it was clear she did not want to sleep with him, Trump avoided taking her calls.

4. She Originally Came Forward Because of the ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape

Summer Zervos says that she came forward specifically because of the Access Hollywood tape on which Trump brags about being able to force himself on women, kissing them before they even have a chance to say anything. The behavior he talks about in that conversation with Billy Bush is essentially a description of what Zervos alleges happened during her meetings with Trump. Multiple other women have described the same activity.

The defamation lawsuit states that Zervos had no plans to go public with this story until the Access Hollywood tape came out. For years, Zervos says she thought that Trump’s behavior towards her was an isolated incident or that he may have regretted it.

“On October 7th, when Mr. Trump’s own recorded, crude and vulgar comments to Billy Bush on the Access Hollywood tapes, recorded in 2005, were broadcast, it became clear that Mr. Trump’s sexually inappropriate behavior towards Ms. Zervos was entirely consistent with Mr. Trump’s own words and with his belief that he had the right to sexually assault women – and even boast about it,” the lawsuit reads.

The lawsuit goes on to say that Zervos “felt a responsibility to inform the public” of the true facts after Trump told voters during the second presidential debate that he never engaged in the type of activity described in the Access Hollywood tape and that it was simply locker room talk.

Trump has repeatedly questioned the motives of his accusers, asking why they did not come forward until he ran for president. The majority of them said that it was in response to Trump stating during the presidential debate that he has never sexually harassed or sexually assaulted anyone. Some have also said that they avoided saying anything because they were worried someone like Trump would strike back and sue them if they did. Trump did, in fact, threaten in October 2016 to sue all of the women who accused him of sexual assault, though he never followed through on that.

5. Trump Denied These Allegations & Said Zervos’ Made Up Her Entire Story

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Donald Trump at the Marc Jacobs fashion show in September 2004. (Getty)

A few hours after Summer Zervos’ press conference, Donald Trump released a statement refuting everything she said. He said that he “vaguely” remembers her but that he never met her in a hotel at all and never engaged in inappropriate personal contact with her at any point.

“That is not who I am as a person, and it is not how I’ve conducted my life,” Trump said. “In fact, Ms. Zervos continued to contact me for help, emailing my office on April 14th of this year asking that I visit her restaurant in California.”

This does not contradict Zervos’ claims, as she says in her lawsuit that she felt in the years after the alleged incident that Trump likely regretted his behavior and that it was only when the Access Hollywood tape was released that she realized he did not.

Over the next few weeks, Trump repeatedly stated that these women were liars, that their stories were phony, and that they made them up in order to have their 15 minutes of fame.

Trump also speculated that the women were trying to help Hillary Clinton get elected president. Summer Zervos said during her press conference that she is a Republican.

In the days following the leaked Access Hollywood tape, some of the women who came forward with sexual assault accusations included: Jessica Leeds, who said Trump sexually assaulted her on an airplane 35 years ago; Rachel Crooks, former Trump Tower employee who said Trump forcibly kissed her in an elevator; Natasha Stoynoff, People Magazine writer who said Trump sexually harassed her during an interview in 2005; and Kristin Anderson, who said Trump reached up her skirt without consent in a nightclub during the 1990s.

Several former Miss Universe and Miss USA contestants have also shared stories about what they describe as predatory behavior on the part of Donald Trump, including the fact that he would walk in as the women were changing and look at them naked. Trump himself admitted to doing this during an appearance on the Howard Stern Show.


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Frank Moore

My god. Trump makes Bill Cosby look like a church choir boy. I DEFINITELY would not vote for someone like that to be at ANY government post let alone the Presidency


Neither Slick Willy nor Donnie Boy have been proven guilty of sexual assault in a court of law. Slick Willy is just like Donnie Boy . . . he settles out of court!

Charles Taylor

Donald has never settled a sexual assault allegation out of court. Ever. The instant he was accused, he did the opposite in fact, he sued.

Bill Settled with Paula Jones for $850,000

Dianna Schroeder



You’re actually half right, Dianna. Bill did pay Paula Jones, but with no admission of guilt. Might want to check out 1978 Chris Mathews interview with Donnie Boy (available in print and on video), where good ole DB called Paula Jones a “loser,” and proceeded to heap praise on Bill being such a great President, and how with Bill in office he (DB) had prospered greatly. Oh, BTW, over the years, Donnie Boy has given Hillary’s N. Y..Senate campaigns hundreds of thousands of dollars . . . just another position in a series of positions that he has flip-flopped! Yawn!


Really, there is REAL PROOF, that three of the other accusers are LYING, and you only have her word, that he asked her to be his love interested. You have only her word, he met he at a Hotel, (why did she agree to go too a hotel room, in the first place, if she was not prepared to sleep with him), and who says she’s not lying now, and her Restaurant is not doing well, and she asked him to come to her restaurant and he REFUSED.


Any have only Donnie’s denials . . . to her, and the other 20 or so that have become forward.

Dianna Schroeder



Not so busy that he can’t make several tweets in the wee hours of the morning spewing innuendo about a former a Miss America . . . my, my Dianna, how we do defend a wrong!!!


Hmm, 4 people tragically die at Benghazi (which, btw, the two previous Republican Secretary of States, Condoleeza Rice and Colin Powell, along with Ambassador Stevens family have all stated Benghazi was not Hillary’s fault), along with 11 straight hours of testimony by Hillary in front of a Republican-led Senate Committee, which failed to bring any charges–but did waste $7 million dollars of taxpayer money, juxtaposed with nearly 3,000 people die in NY on 9/11, but no one accuses Bush of being unable to protect American citizens on their on soil . . . forgive me, but I can’t help but see just a tad bit of inconsistency in your position . . .

black man

Bill Cosby and Bill Clinton are two rapists!! Bill Cosby use drugs to sexually assault the women ,and Bill Clinton used a knockout punch to the jaw, okay! I guess that’s the same as saying ,you’re so beautiful! Give me a break


“Trump makes Bill Cosby look like a church choir boy.” You can make that determination on hearsay? Wow. I bet you went to college. You should get a refund, unless you majored in Environmental Science.

Kathryn Pickrel Pegelow

She lost the contest. Sounds more like sour grapes than a legitimate accusation. If it was real, why did she wait until just before the November election to come forward…why not at the tie it happened, or in the Primaries, or at the time of the convention, or at any time between the convention and now. I do not believe her story. It is too conveniently timed. Any fool can make an accusation and from what she and the others are saying, and the timing of their accusations, it is mighty convenient. You should also consider the fact that she is in California…..a highly democratic party heavy state. This is a political smear and nothing else.

up yours

You mean she has a penis!! well,hell I’d be doing some checking myself, and if you want to call that groping. I’m just saying that’s all, I don’t want to be looking down and seeing no Moby Dick !! That would really ruin my night if you know what I mean.


I’m using it now and it’s awesome! I’ve signed up for my account and have been bringing in fat paychecks. For real, my first week I made $302 and the second week I doubled it and then it kinda snowballed to $122 a day! juet follow the course…..

Go To The Web…………


You ask: “If it was real, why did she wait until just before the November election to come forward…why not at the tie it happened?” For the same reason Bill Clinton’s accusers didn’t come out of the woodwork when he ran for election? Please, educate yourself!! Read a history book!!!

Dianna Schroeder

@ANONYMOUS that is lie.. they came out way before.. but were threatened by CLINTON’S GOONS.


well documented . as someone once said ” Please, educate yourself!! Read a history book!!!”


Charlene, Charlene, please read more carefully. Throughout this thread, comments have stated that Trump’s accusers came out at the SAME time as Clinton’s accusers . . . when they both ran for national office, not BEFORE . . . also, no one has commented on why after calling Paula Jones a “loser,” Tump now conveniently sees her as a “victim,” and why he repeatedly made donations to Hillary’s Senate campaigns . . . time for a little critical thinking, my dear!

Charlene Robertson

You will need to ask Trump those questions . I was making a point. These women are paid by the Clinton campaign. So you can get off your anonymous high horse . Nothing you say can validate why anyone should vote for “the loser” Hillary Clinton. If anything it gives people more reason not to . The real “victims” are the American people who Hillary Clinton has done nothing for in more than 25 years. You don’t even have the balls to allow your name to be see . You are not credible whatsoever. Just another liberal that is brainwashed by criminals


It’s amazing how you can speak for Mr. Trump, except when there is no credible answer to provide. I also find it amusing when you state that I am a liberal . . . given you don’t know who I voted for these last 30 years, nor do you know whom I will vote for in November . . . but, guess you’re just following the Trump playbook, i.e.,, making accusations without facts!

Charlene Robertson

I don’t know who you plan to vote for. I think it’s obvious that if you “can” vote you wouldn’t be voting for Trump. Now maybe I am wrong. I doubt it . Your comments tell all I need to know . You are so busy bashing Trump that you can’t even see through the democrat lies. Have a nice night . I am done with a conversation that leads to nowhere .


As I wrote earlier, prove it, provide your documentation . . . how bout one of the history books you claim to have read?

Sydney Ann Zaremba

BUT, Bill Clinton’s accusers ALL told several people about their incidents (family and friends) right after they happened. This woman is telling a BIG lie!

Dianna Schroeder



“She’s a waitress” . . . I thought Trump supporters championed the working class . . .guess that’s another sham claim. I was raised to respect people who worked hard, regardless whether they were a “waitress” or a CEO . . . you must be one of those condescending elitists destroying the country for the rest of us!

Charlene Robertson

The only elitist is Hillary Clinton. Mr. Trump worked for his money . it’s not off the backs of the American citizens like Hillary Clinton . She has not earned 1 dime of money in more than 25 years that wasn’t our tax dollars or corrupt government through the Clinton foundation. So I was a waitress for 15 year and I support Trump. Oh and I voted democrat before I found out about all the corruption with the Democrat Party.


Donnie “worked for his money.” LOL Donnie was given a $14,000,000 dollar interest-free loan from Daddy Trump to start his business (source: the pro-Republican Wall Street Journal) . . . he avoided the Vietnam draft with a supposed heel spur (but when asked, he can’t remember which foot had the spur) . . . as far a feeding at the public trough, Donnie’s not paying taxes for almost 20 years while the public pays for the roads his limos drive on, the airports his plane lands at, and the Secret Service protection he and his family enjoy, all the while while living like a king, while working people such as myself have their tax dollars fund his serial bankruptcies, and failed universities . . . , I am a lifelong registered Independent, believing that no political party has a monopoly on wisdom, and have always voted for the individual, and NOT the party . . . as far as your 15 years as a waitress, God bless you . . . my husband’s family owned a small restaurant for 35 years that was open 363 days a year, 16 hours a day, and are lifelong Republicans, but will NOT be voting for Trump . . . if you’re looking for your slice of the pie, look no further than Trump’ table , , , .as for Donnie, perhaps he should listen to old Henry Truman, “If ya’ can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!”

Charlene Robertson

Yea we all know “daddy” handed him the rest of the billions also , he didnt work a day in his life smh…… You think Hillary Clinton didn’t use the exact same loopholes omg you are so naive . There is no proof that he didnt pay taxes for 20 years . As much as Trump made on a yearly basis that tax deduction would probably only hold true for a couple years. pending on how much is owed. Your priorities are in the wrong place . You want to put a woman in the white house who enabled her husband to molest woman after woman who has trashed these women like they are dogs and ruined their lives. Who sold our uranium to Russia who has taken money from foreign governments who condone the murder ,rape and degradation of women, and as of what I just read the emails confirm that she sold weapons to ISIS. What is wrong with you? Your conscience is your own… When we have 500% more refugees here in American and our streets are pillaged and our women can no longer walk their children to the park you will regret it.


“You think Hillary Clinton didn’t use the exact same loopholes omg you are so naive” All you have to do is look at Hillary’s 20+ years of tax returns she turned over. As far as your claim, “There is no proof that he didnt pay taxes for 20 years,” Donald, while still refusing to turn over his tax data, admitted not paying taxes all those years in front of millions of people . . . Your claim that, “When we have 500% more refugees here in American and our streets are pillaged and our women can no longer walk their children to the park you will regret it,” trust me, with all the open carry laws, I don’t take my children to the park now! (BTW, President Obama has deported more illegals in the last 20 years than other President.) As far as selling uranium to Russia, then what’s your justification for Donald’s public, repeated admiration for Putin? Do his tax returns show something sinister between him and Russia . . . guess we’ll never know, as Donals refuses to be transparent on this matter, even tho for the last 40 years, every major party candidate has turned over their tax returns for the last 40 years . . . step away from the Kool-Aid, Charlene . . .


Not everyone can turn 14m into billions. Not everyone who has that much money employ 10 of thousands of people. What happened with Clinton, and what happened with Trump 2 completely different things. First Bill paid Paula Jones 850k, that is an admission of guilt. Second, There was sufficient evidence to impeach Bill. Four charges were considered by the full House of Representatives, two passed. A two-thirds vote (67 senators) was required to remove Clinton from office. Fifty senators voted to remove Clinton on the obstruction of justice charge and 45 voted to remove him on the perjury charge; no Democrat voted guilty on either charge. So basically because the Democrats ruled he was not impeached. After rumors of the scandal reached the news, Clinton publicly stated, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.” In his Paula Jones deposition, he swore, “I have never had sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky. I’ve never had an affair with her. Months later, Clinton admitted that his relationship with Lewinsky was “wrong” and “not appropriate.” Lewinsky engaged in oral sex with Clinton several times. See their are big differences, Clinton admitted to having sexual relations and by paying Paula Jones he admitted to sexual harassment. So lets see, he lied, under perjury, he had sexual relations with others in the White House, and he admitted to sexual harassment. PS. he also lost his law license on the grounds of perjury. Trump has admitted to taking tax breaks but he did pay, and if he got out of some then it’s our own laws that need to be changed, what about all the employees he has that pay in their taxes? Independent or not, there are only 2 people who can win this election, Be both know that! This woman Summer, you are somehow defending, tell me, why if Trump harassed her would she email him April of this year asking him to come to her business? Why would her cousin call her out publicly? I don’t disrespect this woman for being a waitress, I disrespect her for her full out lies. This woman and Jessica Leeds have already been proven to be liars. The rest will follow. This was nothing more than an attack on the Republican nomination because they can’t fight the issues because Trump leads strong with them, The numbers don’t lie, Hillary can’t pull a rally of 3k and Trump pulls them by 30k. By the end of this we will see just how bad Democrats have been at lying and look at little ole Independent you following right in their wake.


Well, whatever she does is better than cleaning toilets like you, sweetie pie.


It only sounds like sour grapes if your head is so far up Trump’s backside your reality is muffled. This is a man caught on tape boasting that he could get away with sexually assaulting women because he’s a star – and he was right. Every woman who has been on the receiving end of unsolicited and unwitnessed sexual assaults by more powerful men know there is no point in reporting it. Do I really need to explain why? How about trying some basic human empathy and imagine being in that position yourself. Who would you tell? Close friends and family, maybe? That’s what Trump’s victims did. The police? How do you prove something like that in court? It would be her word against his and a bunch of sycophantic onlookers saying ‘nah, it’s just sour grapes’. Would you have taken her any more seriously then? I don’t think so.

Why did she come forward now? Firstly, because he lied and denied doing the very things he’d boasted about doing. Perhaps this woman doesn’t want a liar and abuser to be president of her country? More importantly, for this particular woman it’s to do with safety in numbers. Now that she knows he made a habit of abusing his power for sexual gratification, she could be more confident that she will be believed – at least by those whose tongues aren’t permanently glued to Trump’s bumhole.


As George Takei said yesterday, “If you ever wonder why sexual assault victims don’t come forward, just look what’s happening now to those who do.” Called liars and getting hated on because all they have is their word. They can’t prove it because – guess what – Trump made sure there were no witnesses. He was smarter than Jimmy Savile, who got away with decades of abuse because of his celebrity status. Of course, unlike Savile, Trump had a family and more reason to be secretive. America is the laughing stock of the world at this moment for ever letting this monster get so far. Not a good look, America.

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