Trump Sues E Jean Carroll for Defamation – Donald Trump has filed a defamation lawsuit against E Jean Carroll, claiming that she made false accusations of rape against him following a civil trial where a jury determined he sexually abused her. In Manhattan federal court, Trump submitted a counterclaim against Carroll, referring to her remarks on CNN subsequent to the verdict.
This legal action follows the jury’s decision in May, which concluded that Trump sexually abused and defamed Carroll, although they did not find evidence of rape. Trump is requesting a retraction from Carroll, along with unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. On Tuesday, Carroll’s legal representatives did not promptly respond to requests for comment.
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Trump’s submission indicates that his ongoing legal battle with Carroll, involving multiple fronts, is unlikely to conclude soon. Both parties continue to exchange accusations and denials through the media. In May, Carroll, a former advice columnist for Elle magazine, amended her initial lawsuit against Trump and requested an additional $10 million in damages.
This amendment was prompted by Trump’s denials during a CNN appearance the day following the verdict. Trump, who is currently leading among his Republican rivals and running for the presidency in 2024, vehemently denied raping Carroll. He is appealing the civil verdict, which mandates him to pay $5 million in damages.
Carroll testified that Trump had sexually assaulted her in a department store in New York City in the mid-1990s and subsequently tarnished her reputation by branding her a liar when she made her allegations public in 2019.BThese recent filings pertain to Carroll’s original defamation lawsuit against Trump, which she filed in 2019.
The case has faced delays due to appeals concerning whether Trump was immune from being sued as a result of his presidency. Carroll filed a second lawsuit against Trump that encompasses both defamation and sexual assault claims, taking advantage of a new law in New York that allows survivors of sexual violence to file civil suits even if the statute of limitations has expired.