Donald Trump found guilty again of defaming E. Jean Carroll

E. Jean Carroll leaves court after winning her defamation and sexual abuse case against Donald Trump.
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Another legal strike against the recently indicted former president, a federal judge has held Donald Trump liable for defamatory remarks made against E. Jean Carroll, the writer who accused him of raping her in the ’90s. in a (n Opinion Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled Wednesday that a Manhattan jury had jurisdiction guilty verdict from earlier in the year Trump was found guilty of sexual abuse and defamation of Carroll would carry over to this separate but related case. Now, in a trial scheduled for January, the jury will focus only on how much Trump has to pay Carroll for his defamation.

Carroll first came forward with her allegations in 2019 new York A magazine article said Trump assaulted her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in 1995 or 1996. Trump was quick to retort that Carroll wasn’t his “type” and insisted he didn’t know her. In November of this year Carroll sued Trump for defamation. Three years later, she sued him again and filed a civil suit against Trump for sexual harassment and defamation. This is the suit – Carroll II, according to Kaplan’s most recent statement – which was recently in court. Trump made his choice not testifyappears over a instead hours of deposit Video in which he claimed he never met Carroll and called her allegations a hoax. At the same time, in one photo he could not distinguish Carroll from one of his ex-wives. The jury found him liable for sexual abuse and defamation, but not rape, and awarded her $5 million in damages.

After the verdict was announced, Trump announced that he intended to appeal and, a few hours later, in a CNN town hall, called Carroll a “complete idiot.” He described the case as “fake news” and claimed the process had been “rigged”. He repeated his old claim that he had “no idea who this woman is”. Shortly thereafter, Carroll’s attorney requested Judge Kaplan will add not only the ruling to Carroll’s original 2019 lawsuit, but also Trump’s later statements. These, the filing states, “show the extent of his malevolence towards Carroll, as it is hard to imagine defamatory behavior that could possibly be motivated more by hate, malevolence or malice.” Kaplan allowed Carroll should change her complaint, which prompted her to aim for at least $10 million more by Trump.

However, in June, Trump counter-sued Carroll, alleging that she actually defamed him in a post-trial at the time interview, she reiterated her belief that he had raped her. But Chaplain dismissed She made that offer last month, ruling that her statements were “essentially true” in light of the verdict and that Trump had not proved she made them with actual malice.

The January trial will be that the first of several for Trumpwho has more than 90 criminal charges pending in Georgia, Florida, New York and Washington, DC contain Conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy against the right to vote, withholding of documents at an official proceeding, and falsifying business records, among many other charges. The DC case is scheduled for March 4, 2024; his trial in New York is scheduled for March 25, 2024; and the Florida trial begins May 20, 2024. Meanwhile, he will again run for president.

This article has been updated.

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