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

World Nov 25, 2022 06:11AM ET
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By Jonathan Stempel

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Donald Trump was sued for defamation a second time on Thursday by a writer who accused the former U.S. president of lying by denying that he raped her 27 years ago.

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

Carroll, 78, brought the battery claim under New York's Adult Survivors Act, a new law giving sexual assault victims a one-year window to sue their alleged abusers, even if the abuse occurred long ago and statutes of limitations have expired.

Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, was the first day that accusers could sue.

Trump, 76, has denied raping Carroll or knowing her at the time, and said she was "not my type."

His first denial in June 2019 prompted her to sue for defamation five months later.

He repeated the denial in an Oct. 12 post on his Truth Social account, calling Carroll's claim a "hoax" and "lie," prompting the new defamation claim.

Both sides are awaiting appeals court decisions addressing Trump's argument that he was legally immune from Carroll's first lawsuit because he had spoken in his capacity as president.

If courts agreed that the U.S. government, which has sovereign immunity from defamation claims, could be substituted for Trump as a defendant, Carroll's first lawsuit would fail.

That would likely not affect her second lawsuit because Trump is a private citizen, having left the White House in January 2021.

Carroll is seeking unspecified damages. To support her battery claim, she said Trump caused her lasting psychological harm, and left her unable to sustain a romantic relationship.

The first lawsuit is scheduled for trial on Feb. 6, 2023, before U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan, but will likely be delayed because of the appeals process.

At a hearing on Tuesday, Carroll's lawyer Roberta Kaplan asked for an April 10 trial covering both lawsuits, saying they have substantial overlap.

Trump's lawyer Alina Habba sought a May 8 trial for only the first lawsuit. She also told the judge a longer delay made sense because Trump had not hired a lawyer for the second lawsuit.

"Your client in the present action, Ms. Habba, has known this was coming for months, and he would be well-advised to decide who is representing him in it," the judge responded.

Judge Kaplan said he may decide early next week how to schedule both lawsuits.

 

 

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Elezabeth Thomas
Elezabeth Thomas Nov 28, 2022 1:53PM ET
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get a primo tax attorney.
gab nea
gab nea Nov 28, 2022 9:39AM ET
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rape is now defended by maga crazies!
John Laurens
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TWENTY SEVEN YEARS AGO!!! OFLMFAO.. Libs are just such a predictable tragic clan of dysfunctionals.
lakes Tenn
lakes Tenn Nov 24, 2022 6:56PM ET
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hope he counter sues
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Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Nov 24, 2022 6:56PM ET
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...than you think
gab nea
gab nea Nov 24, 2022 6:56PM ET
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rapists defenders now say rapists should countersue their battered victims?
gab nea
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any lawyer that works for trump has to be a misfit!
Brad Albright
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Release the kraken!
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gab nea Yup. Darn that Killary lady comes to mind. Oh wait. She’s a libtàrd like u.
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Fake case
 
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