Reuters and other outlets reported on Monday that Trump was to make a statement on the matter. Zervos, who has accused Trump of groping her in 2007, sued him for defamation in 2017 after calling him and other allegations false.
Trump has denied the allegations.
Judge Jennifer Shekhar also set December 23 as the deadline for all other statements and fact-finding. Lawyers must submit dates of statements to court by October 18, or inform the judge why they cannot agree on a deadline.
Earlier this year, New York’s highest court rejected Trump’s attempts to dismiss the lawsuit. His lawyers had argued that a current president could not be prosecuted, but the appeals court said “the issues presented have become controversial” after Trump left office.
Zervos was a contestant on the fifth season of the NBC reality show, which was filmed in 2005 and aired in 2006. She approached Trump to get job advice.
According to Reuters, Alina Habba, Trump’s lawyer, said the former president planned to file a counterclaim based on New York’s anti-SLAPP statute.