Summer Zervos held press conference on Friday, saying Donald Trump kissed her, groped her breast and ‘thrust his genitals’ at her in 2007 but her cousin John Barry released a statement through Trump’s campaign saying Zervos spoke highly of Trump for nearly a decade, noting that Zervos was seeking attention at Trump’s expense.
The Trump campaign claims that Zervos sent an email to senior Trump employee, RHONA GRAFF, in 2016 asking to reconnect:
I’m certain you are a very busy woman. I am in a unique situation being that I am the only former Apprentice who operates a business where Mr Trump’s supporters can walk in, express their admiration for him and inquire about my experience. Mr Trump has a great deal of support in Huntington Beach, Ca! He has witnessed both my highs and lows operating a small business and I am pleased to report that business is good. Sunny’s Restaurant has a long history of making people feel special. We hire a diverse crew and embrace anyone who is honest while working hard. Mr Trump is cut from the same cloth.
I would greatly appreciate reconnecting at this time. He will know my intentions are genuine.
Following the Zervos press conference, her cousin John Barry of Mission Viejo, California, accused Zervos of seeking attention at Trump’s expense with the allegations, writing she ‘had nothing but glowing things to say about [him]’ for nearly a decade. He claimed a motive for Zervos’ actions, saying she turned on the business tycoon after he snubbed the email from her, dated April 14, 2016.
But Zervos cited the email during the press conference, saying she reached out to confront Trump and give him an ‘opportunity to clear the air’.
Donald Trump responded with a statement,
‘I vaguely remember Ms. Zervos as one of the many contestants on The Apprentice over the years. To be clear, I never met her at a hotel or greeted her inappropriately a decade ago. That is not who I am as a person, and it is not how I’ve conducted my life. In fact, Ms. Zervos continued to contact me for help, emailing my office on April 14th of this year asking that I visit her restaurant in California.
‘Beyond that, the media is now creating a theater of absurdity that threatens to tear our democratic process apart and poison the minds of the American public. When Gloria Allred is given the same weighting on national television as the President of the United States, and unfounded accusations are treated as fact, with reporters throwing due diligence and fact-finding to the side in a rush to file their stories first, it’s evident that we truly are living in a broken system.
‘Hillary Clinton can spend all of her time and money pushing complete lies against our campaign, but I refuse to fall victim to this vicious cycle of personal attacks. In the coming days I plan on addressing our nation in a more personal way to present my vision for how together we fight to bring back American jobs and defend our country against radical Islamic terrorism. I will take my message directly to the American people and bypass the unethical press that wants to see their candidate elected. Together, we will make America great again.’
The MailOnline reported,
Barry said he was ‘shocked and bewildered’ by Zervos, adding: ‘For almost a decade, my cousin would talk about how much she looked up to Mr. Trump and viewed him as an inspiration – a success story she wanted to copy.’
‘She has praised the good things he’s done for her life, and in fact she converted her friends and our family to become Trump supporters even though we’ve never been active in politics before.
‘That was until Summer invited Mr. Trump to her restaurant during the primary and he said no,’ Barry claimed.
‘I think Summer wishes she could still be on reality TV, and in an effort to get that back she’s saying all of these negative things about Mr. Trump….
‘I can only imagine that Summer’s actions today are nothing more than an attempt to regain the spotlight at Mr. Trump’s expense, and I don’t think it reflects well.’
Zervos said she first contacted Trump’s secretary asking to speak to the business tycoon without disclosing the reason why.
She wrote a second email on April 21, 2016, asking that her message be forwarded on to Trump.
She said: ‘In that email, I stated: “Your interest in me as a potential employee meant the world to me. Your interest in me as anything more blew my mind, and I lost my footing.”
‘I further said, “I have been incredibly hurt by our previous interaction.” I ended by stating, “I hope to hear from you and wish you continued success.”
She said Trump did not reply.
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