Zervos had sued Trump in 2017 after he denied allegations that he had sexually assaulted her. A estimate had recently ordered Trump to sit for a deposition in the case by December 23. Cohen sued the Trump Organization in 2019, seeking reimbursement of legal fees and saying that after he began cooperating with federal investigators, the company failed to fulfill its contractual obligations to indemnify him or pay his legal bills relating to his work for the firm.
In a statement announcing Zervos was dropping her suit, her attorneys wrote, “Today the parties have ended Zervos v. Trump. After five years, Ms. Zervos no longer wishes to litigate against the defendant and has secured the right to speak freely about her experience. Ms. Zervos stands by the allegations in her complaint and has accepted no compensation.”
No additional details were obtainable about the agreement or why Zervos decided to drop the lawsuit.
A one-page joint stipulation filed in court states that the parties agreed that “all claims and counterclaims asserted in this matter, or that could have been asserted, are hereby dismissed and discontinued in their entirety with prejudice, with each party to bear his or her own costs.”
In a statement, the former President said, “President Trump has been totally vindicated.” CNN has reached out to Zervos’ attorneys about that claim.
The legal counsel for writer and former magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll, who sued Trump for defamation and accused him of raping her in a department store in the mid-1990s, put out a statement after Zervos’ case was dropped.
Trump has denied Carroll’s allegations. A federal appeals court will hear arguments in Carroll’s defamation suit in December.
In another win for Trump on Friday, New York estimate Joel Cohen granted Trump’s motion to dismiss Michael Cohen’s 2019 lawsuit against his company.
“Mr. Cohen’s legal fees arise out of his (sometimes unlawful) service to Mr. Trump personally, to Mr. Trump’s campaign, and to the Trump Foundation, but not out of his service to the business of the Trump Organization, which is the only defendant in this case,” estimate Cohen wrote in his order.
In July 2017, according to the lawsuit filed in the New York state Supreme Court, the Trump Organization agreed to indemnify Cohen and to pay his attorneys’ fees and costs in connection with related investigations.
“The Trump Organization and Mr. Cohen were proceeding pursuant to a ‘joint defense’ at that time with respect to the Investigations and other matters,” the lawsuit says.
Cohen said the company had initially fulfilled its obligation, paying $137,460 in October 2017 to the firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP, which initially represented him, a figure that amounted to half of the invoices he had received. The Trump Organization then promised that the Trump presidential campaign would pay the remainder the following day, according to the lawsuit.
In a statement to CNN, a spokesperson for Trump Organization said, “Today’s incredible victory for the Trump Organization puts an end to the frivolous litigation by convicted felon Michael Cohen. While the Southern District of New York already found that Mr. Cohen engaged in a ‘smorgasbord of fraudulent conduct…motivated by personal greed and goal,’ Mr. Cohen attempted to invent a basis for requiring the Trump Organization to pay his legal fees for personal criminal conduct (including perjury). Mr. Cohen’s attempts at self-enrichment, however, once again failed. Having won this case, we now look forward to seeking monetary damages against Mr. Cohen for all of his despicable conduct.”
Michael Cohen criticized the estimate’s decision in a statement to CNN on Friday.
“I think it’s a terrible decision by Justice Cohen based upon the fact that I was directed to manager the matters that I did at the direction of and for the assistance of Donald J Trump and the Trump Organization. Over the time of the weekend I will be evaluating with my counsel whether to file an allurement or not,” he said.
This story has been updated with additional reporting Friday.
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