Earlier today, a former Apprentice contestant, Summer Zervos, accused Donald Trump of sexually molesting her during season 5 of the Apprentice in 2007 (see video here). But tonight, the Trump campaign published a letter from her cousin who tells a different story, plus, they offer an email from Summer sent just a few months ago.
STATEMENT FROM JOHN BARRY
“I am completely shocked and bewildered by my cousin, Summer Zervos, and her press conference today. Ever since she was on The Apprentice she has had nothing but glowing things to say about Mr. Trump. 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. Summer would also talk about how kind and caring Mr. Trump was on the show, and how he would even visit children in hospitals without telling the press. 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. 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. That’s not how she talked about him before. 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.” – John Barry, Mission Viejo, CA (first cousin of Summer Zervos)
HERE IS A STATEMENT FROM TRUMP ISSUED THIS EVENING.
DONALD J. TRUMP 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.
——- Below is an email sent from Summer Zervos to a Trump staffer a few months ago. It appears as if she was trying to solicit her services, or at a minimum leverage Trump’s fame to further her business opportunities. ———