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Transcript Of Summer Zervos’ Allegations Against Trump Is Devastating

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Another woman has accused Donald Trump of sexual assault. Summer Zervos was a candidate on The Apprentice during its fifth season, and is Trump's latest accuser, according to Bustle. The transcript of her press conference is heartbreaking. The Trump campaign has not responded to Romper's request for comment.

Zervos said that while on the show, she was initially impressed by Trump and wanted an opportunity to be a part of his company. Although she was fired, she continued to admire him after the show and consider him a potential employer. She reached out to him in 2007 to have lunch when she was visiting New York. Their meeting then was the first assault she experienced at the hands of Trump, but unfortunately it wasn't the last, she said. Zervos described a later incident in Los Angeles where Trump repeatedly kissed and touched her. She felt violated and embarrassed, but because he was a man who had the power to give her a job that she wanted, she dealt with his advances.

Her story is devastating, especially because it confirms and validates what so many women know to be our reality. When a powerful man exerts his power on a woman, we just have to deal. Zervos was clearly emotional throughout her statement, and it's unfortunate that she had to go through this ordeal. A reporter asked why she did decide to come forward and what she hoped would come of it. Zervos said, "I just want to be able to sleep at night when I'm 70." It's so admirable of Zervos to come forward with her story, and I sincerely hope she can get some sleep after this. Read on for the full transcript.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 14: Summer Zervos, a former candidate on “The Apprentice” season five, who is accusing Donald Trump of inappropriate sexual conduct, speaks to the press with her attorney Gloria Allred October 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. This is the first time the accuser has spoken publicly about the alleged incident. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

After the statement, when asked why she decided to come forward now, Zervos responded, "So I can sleep at night when I'm 70."