Summer Zervos wants Apprentice tapes because they 'prove that lied'

A former contestant on The Apprentice who has accused President Donald of unwanted groping and kissing is seeking footage from the reality TV show as part of her defamation lawsuit against him.

Summer Zervos' lawyer, Mariann Wang, said Wednesday she issued a subpoena for any Apprentice material that features Zervos or talking about her or discussing other female contestants in a sexual or inappropriate way.

Wang also subpoenaed records from the Beverly Hills Hotel, where Zervos says made unwelcome advances in 2007.

'We are gathering evidence that will prove that the defendant () lied when he falsely denigrated Ms. Zervos and denied sexually assaulting her,' Wang said.

has denied Zervos' allegations. Zervos says he defamed her by saying she lied; 's lawyers say his remarks weren't slanderous.

Summer Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice who has accused President Donald Trump of unwanted groping and kissing, is seeking footage from the reality TV show as part of her defamation lawsuit against him

Summer Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice who has accused President Donald of unwanted groping and kissing, is seeking footage from the reality TV show as part of her defamation lawsuit against him

Zervos' lawyer, Mariann Wang, said Wednesday she issued a subpoena for any Apprentice material that features Zervos or Trump talking about her or discussing other female contestants in a sexual or inappropriate way. Zervos is seen above on The Apprentice in 2006

Zervos' lawyer, Mariann Wang, said Wednesday she issued a subpoena for any Apprentice material that features Zervos or talking about her or discussing other female contestants in a sexual or inappropriate way. Zervos is seen above on The Apprentice in 2006

's lawyers didn't immediately respond to an inquiry about the new subpoenas, which seek emails, financial records and other documents in addition to any video and audio recordings. 

They've been trying to get the case dismissed or at least held off until after 's presidency.

The question of what might have said or done in Apprentice outtakes surfaced during his campaign. 

The Associated Press asked for original Apprentice footage before and after publishing an October 2016 story in which more than 20 former cast and crew members said frequently used lewd, demeaning and sexist language on set and pointed out contestants he wanted to have sex with.

Pressure from former contestants and Democrats for the release of raw Apprentice footage increased later that month after The Washington Post published a 2005 Access recording of talking about aggressively groping women.

At the time, MGM, which owns The Apprentice, said it couldn't unilaterally release any unaired, archived material because of contractual obligations. 

The show's producer, Mark Burnett, also said he didn't have the ability or right to release footage.

But Wang said a court could order the material to be turned over, regardless of contracts.

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