Summer Zervos has won the rights to take the President of the United States to court on Thursday after a New York appellate court ruled for the defamation case to go ahead.
Ms Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice, is bringing a defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump. She was among the 19 women who publicly accused the president of sexual misconduct during the 2016 campaign.
He denied the allegations and called the women liars, which prompted Ms Zervos to take him to court.
President Trump had argued that the case should be postponed until he is out of office because of immunity that he has as a president. The appellate court rejected this argument, and judges wrote: “We reject defendant President Trump’s argument that the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution prevents a New York State court – and every other state court in the country – from exercising its authority under its state constitution. Instead, we find that the Supremacy Clause was never intended to deprive a state court of its authority to decide cases and controversies under the state’s constitution.”
The decision means that President Trump may have to sit for a sworn deposition, which is currently scheduled for June.