Trump is sued again by writer for defamation, and battery, over alleged rape

A writer who accused the former US president of lying when he denied raping her 27 years ago sued Donald Trump for a second time on Thursday for defamation.

In a complaint filed in federal court in Manhattan, former Elle magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll also accused Trump of battery in an alleged confrontation at Bergdorf Goodman department store in Manhattan.

Carroll, 78, filed the lawsuit under New York’s Adult Survivors Act, a new law that gives victims of sexual abuse a year to sue their alleged abusers, even if the abuse happened long ago and the statute of limitations has expired.

Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, was the first day prosecutors could enter their pleas.

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Trump, 76, has denied raping Carroll or knowing her at the time, saying she was “not my type.”

His first waiver in 2019. in June, prompting her to sue for defamation five months later.

He repeated the denial on October 12. in a post on his Truth Social account, calling Carroll’s claim a “hoax” and a “lie,” prompting a new defamation complaint.

Both sides are awaiting appeals court rulings on Trump’s argument that he was legally immune from Carroll’s first lawsuit because he spoke in his capacity as president.

Former US President Donald Trump has announced that he will run again for US President in 2024. US President at an event at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, USA in 2022. November 15 REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

If the courts agreed that the US government, which enjoys sovereign immunity from defamation claims, could be substituted for Trump as a defendant, Carroll’s first suit would fail.

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That likely won’t affect her second lawsuit because Trump is a private citizen in 2021. after leaving the White House in January.

Carroll is seeking unspecified damages. In order to support her claim that Mr. Trump caused her long-term psychological damage and made her incapable of maintaining a romantic relationship.

The first lawsuit is planned to be heard in 2023. February 6 to U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan, but it will likely be delayed because of the appeals process.

At Tuesday’s hearing, Carroll’s attorney, Roberta Kaplan, requested that the April 10 would begin a lawsuit covering both claims, saying they essentially overlap.

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D.Trump’s lawyer Alina Habba wanted the trial to take place on May 8 only for the first lawsuit. She also told the judge that the longer delay made sense because Trump had not hired a lawyer for the second lawsuit.

“Your client in this lawsuit, Ms. Habba, has known this was coming for months and it would be in his best interest to decide who is representing him,” the judge responded.

Judge Kaplan said he could rule early next week on how to schedule both lawsuits.

Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Edited by Howard Goller and Nick Zieminski

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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