Writer who accused Trump of 1990s rape files new lawsuit

New York: A writer who accused the former President Donald Trump An advanced lawsuit against him was filed in New York on Thursday in a rape case minutes after a new state law went into effect allowing victims of sexual violence to sue for assaults that happened decades ago.
E Jean CarrollK.’s attorney filed legal papers electronically as the Adult Survivors Act temporarily removed the state’s usual deadline for filing sexual assault lawsuits. She sought unspecified compensatory and punitive damages for pain and suffering, psychological harm, loss of dignity and reputational damage.
Carroll, a longtime advice columnist for Elle magazine, first made the claim in a 2019 book Trump Raped her in the dressing room of a Manhattan luxury department store in 1995 or 1996.
Trump responded to the book’s allegations by saying that it could never have happened because Carroll was “not my type.”
His comments prompted Carroll to file a defamation lawsuit against him, but that lawsuit has been tied up in the appeals courts as judges decide whether he is protected from legal claims for comments made while he was president. No.
Prior to this, Carroll was barred by state law from suing over the alleged rape because several years had passed since the incident.
New York’s new law, however, gives sex crime victims a second chance to file lawsuits that have missed the deadline associated with the statute of limitations. A window for such pledges would be open for one year, after which the normal deadline would be restored.
At least hundreds of lawsuits are expected, including many filed by women who say they were assaulted by co-workers, prison guards, medical providers or others.
Trump’s attorney Alina Habba said in an email Thursday, “While I respect and admire the individuals who have come forward, this case is unfortunately an abuse of the purpose of the act that sets a terrible precedent and makes credibility illegal.” takes the risk of.” of the real victims”
In her new claims, Carroll says Trump committed battery “when he forcibly raped and groped her” and that he discredited her when she denied raping her last month.
Trump said in his statement that Carroll “completely fabricated a story that I met him at the door of this overcrowded New York City department store and, within minutes, ‘knocked him out.’ is a lie.” Other deceptions that have been perpetrated on me for the last seven years.”
Carroll’s new ability to sue Trump for rape could help clear up a potentially fatal legal flaw in her original defamation case.
If the courts ultimately hold that Trump’s original defamatory comments regarding Carroll’s rape allegation were part of the duties of his job as president, he would be barred from suing over those comments, as federal employees would be protected from defamation claims. are safe. Did before becoming president.
Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, who presided over the defamation suit filed three years ago, may decide to include new claims in the lawsuit that is due in the spring.
Trump’s current lawyers said this week that they do not yet know whether they will represent him against the new charges.
Carroll’s attorney, Roberta Kaplan, who is not related to the judge, said in a court hearing this week that the new claims should not require additional collection of evidence. It had already placed a copy of the new claims in the original case file last week. Trump and Carroll have already been ousted.
In a statement regarding the new lawsuit, Kaplan said that her client “intends to hold Donald Trump accountable not only for defaming her, but also for the sexual assault she endured in a dressing room at Bergdorf Goodman for years.” did before.”
“Thanksgiving Day was the first day Ms. Carroll We could file under New York law, so our complaint was filed with the court after midnight.”
Trump’s lawyer, attorney Michael Madayo, said at the hearing that the new allegations are significantly different from the original defamation lawsuit and would require an “entirely new set” of evidence gathering.

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