E. Jean Carroll Files New Lawsuit Against Donald Trump For Defamation, Battery

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Former Elle columnist E. Jean Carroll sued former President Donald Trump for the second time on Thursday for defamation and defamation under a new law in New York that allows adult victims of sexual assault to file claims that the passage of time would otherwise are excluded.

New York’s Adult Survivors Act, which took effect on Thanksgiving, opens a year for adult victims to file claims.

Former President Donald Trump announces he will run again in the 2024 presidential election at an event at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., Nov. 15, 2022.

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Carroll previously sued Trump for libel over statements he made in 2019 when he denied her claim that he raped her in Bergdorf Goodman’s dressing room in the 1990s. Her new lawsuit asserted a second defamation claim over statements Trump made last month.

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It also claimed battery as she tries to hold him accountable for the assault he has long denied.

“Trump’s underlying sexual assault seriously injured Carroll, causing significant pain and suffering, lasting psychological damage, loss of dignity and invasion of her privacy. His recent defamatory statement only added to the damage Carroll had already suffered.” the lawsuit said.

Trump called Carroll’s claim “a hoax and a lie” in a post last month on his social media platform Truth Social. “And while I’m not supposed to say it, I do anyway. This woman is not my type!’ added the message.

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“Trump’s false, abusive, and defamatory statement of October 12 about Carroll — and his actual malice in making that statement — is fully consistent with his time-tested playbook for responding to credible public reports that he has sexually assaulted women,” the statement said. lawsuit. .

PHOTO: E. Jean Carroll is seen outside the state Supreme Court, March 4, 2020, in New York.

E. Jean Carroll is seen outside the state Supreme Court, March 4, 2020, in New York.

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Carroll’s attorney, Roberta Kaplan, asked the judge hearing the first lawsuit to consider the second a related case.

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Carroll’s first lawsuit is pending the outcome of a January proceeding in the DC Court of Appeals.

Trump has argued that the Justice Department should be replaced as the defendant in the case because, at the time of his alleged defamatory statements, he was an employee of the federal government, who cannot be sued for libel.

The Washington, D.C. Court of Appeals, which retains jurisdiction over the conduct of federal government employees, has oral arguments scheduled for January to decide whether Trump was acting in his official capacity as president when he denied Carroll’s rape claim and allegedly defamed her. If so, the case would go away.

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