Judge Rules Woman Who Accused Trump Of Rape Can Proceed With Defamation Suit
According to The Hill, a New York State Supreme Court justice has denied President Trump’s motion asserting absolute immunity in a defamation lawsuit brought by E. Jean Carroll, which “allows the case to go forward without waiting for a decision from an appeals court on a separate similar suit.”
- The longtime advice columnist’s 2019 book “What Do We Need Men For?” includes the claim “that Trump sexually assaulted her in the dressing room of a Bergdorf Goodman department store in Manhattan in the mid-1990s.”
- Carroll filed the defamation lawsuit last year “after the president denied the allegations, saying he’s never met her, despite there being photos of them together.”
- The Hill reported that “Trump’s attorneys argued that Carroll’s lawsuit should be paused until a decision is made in a similar suit brought by former ‘Apprentice’ contestant Summer Zervos, who also alleges Trump sexually assaulted her.”
- However, “Judge Verna L. Saunders ruled Thursday that Carroll’s lawsuit can move forward before a state appellate court makes a decision on Zervos’s case.” In that case, “a judge will decide whether state courts should defer litigation involving a sitting president until after he stepped down.”
- The report noted that Saunders’ decision “opens the door for Carroll’s attorneys to collect DNA samples from the president, which they hope to compare to genetic material on the dress she said she wore during the incident.”
“We are now eager to move forward with discovery so that we can prove that Donald Trump defamed E. Jean Carroll when he lied about her in connection with her brave decision to tell the truth about the fact that Donald Trump had sexually assaulted her,” Carroll’s attorney, Roberta Kaplan, said in a statement according to The Washington Post.