Trump Again for Slander and Battery: Thursday, a writer sued Donald Trump for defamation for the second time. She said that when he denied having raped her 27 years ago, he was lying. In a complaint filed in Manhattan federal court, former Elle magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll also said that Trump hit her during a meeting at the Manhattan Bergdorf Goodman store.
Trump is Being Sued for Slander and Battery by a Writer Once Again
On Thursday, a writer filed a second lawsuit against Donald Trump for defamation. In this case, she claimed that the former president of the United States had lied when he denied having raped her 27 years earlier. E. Jean Carroll, a former journalist for Elle magazine, made the allegations against Trump in a case that she filed in federal court in Manhattan. Carroll said that Trump assaulted her after an alleged encounter at the Bergdorf Goodman department store in Manhattan.
Carroll, who is 78 years old, filed the battery claim under New York’s Adult Survivors Act, which is a new law that gives victims of sexual assault a one-year window in which to sue their alleged abusers. This is true even if the abuse occurred a long time ago and statutes of limitations have passed. The first day that accusers could file a lawsuit was Thanksgiving Day, which fell on Thursday.
Trump, who is 76 years old, has denied raping Carroll and said she was “not my type.” He also denied knowing Carroll at the time of the alleged incident. Her response to his initial denial, which she received in June 2019, was to file a defamation lawsuit five months later. The fresh defamation action was prompted by a post he made on his Truth Social account on October 12 in which he reiterated his previous denial and called Carroll’s allegation a “hoax” and a “lie.”
Both parties are currently waiting for verdicts from appeals courts that will examine Trump’s position that he was legally exempt from Carroll’s initial lawsuit because he had spoken in his role as president. Carroll’s lawsuit alleges that Trump made defamatory comments about Carroll’s daughter.
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Carroll is asking for unspecified compensation for his losses. She claimed that Trump was the one who caused her long-term psychological damage and rendered her incapable of maintaining a meaningful relationship as evidence to back her allegation that he had battered her. The first case is slated to go to trial on February 6, 2023, in Manhattan before U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan. However, the trial may be postponed due to the appeals process.
Carroll’s attorney, Roberta Kaplan, said on Tuesday during a hearing that both of her client’s complaints had significant similarities and so should be tried together on April 10. Only the initial case will go to trial on May 8, according to Trump’s attorney Alina Habba’s request. She also explained to the judge that a lengthier wait was warranted because Trump did not have a lawyer representing him in the second act.
The judge responded that “your client in the present case, Ms. Habba, has known this was coming for months,” and that “he would be well-advised to consider who is representing him in it.” Judge Kaplan has indicated that he may decide on the scheduling of both lawsuits early in the next week.