|Former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos|
A former contestant from the NBC game show The Apprentice has come forward with allegations of sexual assault by Donald Trump.
I believe this is the 7th woman to come forward with such allegations. For the past few days, Trump has denied any sexual misconduct on his part, saying he didn't even know who these women are.
It will be difficult to make the same claim since Summer Zervos as a contestant on the 5th season of The Apprentice.
From the L.A. Times:
Zervos said she contacted Trump in 2007 seeking a job. They met in New York and he took her phone number, she said. He called before he visited Los Angeles, dubbed Zervos his “O.C. angel” and proposed dinner, she said.
Zervos said she was summoned to the Beverly Hills Hotel, where she expected to eat at a restaurant. Instead, she said, she was ushered to Trump’s bungalow.
Trump repeatedly tried to kiss her with an open mouth as she darted around the room trying to evade him, Zervos said. He also put his hand on her breast and thrust his genitals at her, she said.
“Dude, you’re tripping right now,” Zervos said she told Trump, as she sought to stop his advances. “Come on, man, get real.”
She said Trump asked her what she wanted, and that she replied she had come to eat dinner.
As they waited for room service, Zervos said, Trump told her that he didn’t think she had ever known love or been in love. Then she said he turned to business, questioning her as though she was on a job interview.
They shared a club sandwich, and Trump advised Zervos to default on her home mortgage, Zervos said, adding that they arranged to meet the next day at Trump’s golf course in Palos Verdes.
Zervos said she left the hotel stunned by Trump’s behavior, but decided to attend the meeting the following day after speaking with her father.
“I wondered if the sexual behavior was some kind of test and whether or not I had passed,” she said. “Obviously he still wanted to talk to me about a job even though I had turned his sexual advances down.”
Zervos went on to say she was eventually offered a position at half the salary she expected. When she continued to pursue employment with Trump, according to Zervos, he told her he couldn't afford her as he was laying off thousands of employees.
Here's the full press conference held today by Ms. Zervos with her lawyer, Gloria Allred.