Report: Trump Asks New York Court To Dismiss Rape Lawsuit Against Him
President Donald Trump has asked a New York judge to dismiss a lawsuit against him filed by a woman who claims he raped her in a department store dressing room two decades ago.
According to The Hill, the president’s attorney said in a Friday court filing that advice columnist E. Jean Carroll is unable to sue Trump in New York, because the statements in question were made in Washington, D.C.
New York lacks jurisdiction “even when the purported statements were published to New York readers/listeners, or were directed towards or caused harm to a New York citizen,” the filing argued.
Trump, who denies the allegation, also said the complaint against him was served in Washington, not at his residence in New York. However, Carroll claims that Secret Service agents would not allow the complaint to be served in New York, and a judge ruled she could mail it to the White House instead.
“When E. Jean’s case was filed, Donald Trump maintained a home in New York, was registered to vote in New York, paid taxes in New York, and had been sued in New York on numerous occasions -- including since 2016 -- without any objection,” said Roberta Kaplan, Carroll’s lawyer. “Tellingly, as his papers make clear, what this motion is really about is a transparent effort to avoid discovery at all costs in a case involving a sexual assault.”
The Hill noted that about a dozen women have accused the president of sexual misconduct, ranging from unwanted kissing to rape, but Trump has denied every allegation.