By RICK ELLISONAP|Posted October 01, 2018 12:48:58A defense lawyer for Donald Trump and his business partner, Bruce Ohr, has filed an emergency motion in federal court seeking to compel the president to appear at a deposition in a lawsuit brought by former Trump Tower tenants who allege the president engaged in sexual harassment and abuse during his time as the building’s owner.
In a filing Thursday, attorneys for the lawyers representing Trump and Ohr said that in their view the Trump family’s business empire is an “essential part” of the president’s “constitutional duty to defend the Constitution” and said they expect Trump to show up.
Trump, the lawyers wrote, “is not entitled to avoid the deposition, for he has been, in effect, the defendant in this lawsuit, and the deposition will be essential to prove his innocence.”
In a statement, Ohr’s attorney, Brian Jackson, said that the filing was “unprecedented” in a federal court proceeding involving a private citizen and that it was an “inappropriate, retaliatory, and retaliatory” move by the Trump lawyers.
“The Trump family has long been a defendant in a suit by former tenants against the Trump Organization,” Jackson said.
“We expect the deposition to show that the Trump administration has acted as a defendant against former tenants who have suffered the abuse, harassment, and physical assault of the Trump’s.
The deposition is the last chance to prove these claims before a jury and the public.
We will be seeking the dismissal of the lawsuit and the dismissal by the court of the deposition of Bruce Ohrt.”
The suit was filed in March, the month Trump took office.
It alleges that Ohr and Trump sexually harassed tenants who worked at the Trump Tower, and that Trump and Trump’s business partner Bruce Ohrbacher “engaged in a conspiracy to defraud and defraud the plaintiffs by promising to pay them money in exchange for false promises and false statements in connection with the defendants’ purported use of the property and properties for the benefit of the Defendants.”
The lawsuit alleges that the alleged sexual harassment began in 2008, and was alleged to have continued through the 2020s.
Ohr denied the allegations and Trump has said that he never harassed anyone.
“We are pleased to announce that Bruce Ohrs lawsuit against the President has been dismissed and that the case has been settled for undisclosed terms,” Jackson wrote in a statement.
“As the case was brought against the government, Bruce was advised that his case would not proceed and that there would be no admission of guilt.
This is consistent with the Trump Family’s longstanding policy of not admitting guilt.”
A court date has not been set.
The Trump Organization has not responded to a request for comment.
In addition to the lawsuit, Ohrbach’s attorneys have filed a class action lawsuit against Ohr in the Southern District of New York.
Ohrbacha, who has a history of litigation, was named as a co-defendant in the suit in 2016, and has sued Trump for allegedly sexually harassing him.
Trump’s attorney said Ohr was seeking to block the deposition in the case because Ohr had not yet been served with the suit.
Ohrid filed a response Thursday that said the lawsuit “was filed on an emergency basis to prevent Mr. Ohrdas deposition from taking place before the court.”