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Summer Zervos, center, with attorneys Mariann Meier Wang, pictured right, and Gloria Allred, as they take questions from reporters following a hearing on Tuesday before Acting Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Schecter for Zervos’ defamation suit against President Donald Trump. Photo Credit: Andrew Denney/NYLJ.

A lawyer for President Donald Trump argued before a state judge in Manhattan on Tuesday that Trump’s denial of accusations by a former contestant on “The Apprentice” that Trump groped her a decade ago—which she had announced publicly a few weeks before the 2016 election—amounted to fiery campaign rhetoric, and could not therefore be construed as defamatory.

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Andrew Denney

Andrew Denney is a New York-based reporter covering litigation and other news from the federal and state courts. He can be reached at adenney@alm.com. Twitter: @messagetime

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