Among President Donald Trump’s Twitter rant calling the twenty-plus women who’ve accused him of assaulting or harassing them liars hid a falsehood that may make the foundation of any legal action they take against the president.
As Colin Kalmbacher at LawNewz writes, Trump’s Tuesday morning assertion that media are touting accusations by women he “[doesn’t] know and/or have never met” is an easily-demonstrable lie — there are records of him interacting with at least 17 of the 20 accusers.
For the president to claim, for instance, that he “never met” Summer Zervos, a contestant on The Apprentice who is in the process of suing Trump for defamation, is absurd given that she was infamously fired by “The Donald” during her 2006 appearance on the reality TV show.
“Now, after Trump has essentially claimed he never knew or met any of his accusers–which is, again, completely false–there’s an opening for each woman on the above list to prove the president lied about exactly that,” Kalmbacher writes. “And these aren’t just theoretical musings: at least one of Trump’s accusers has signaled her willingness to be deposed in the Zervos case and another accuser is already mentioned in the lawsuit.”
Along with Zervos, there’s record of Trump’s relationships to Cassandra Searles, Jessica Drake, Ninni Laaksonen, Samantha Holvey, Juliet Huddy, Jennifer Murphy, Natasha Stoynoff, Mindy McGillivray, Cathy Heller, Temple Taggart McDowell, Jill Harth and five Miss Teen USA pageant contestants who claimed the president walked in on them while dressing in 1997.