E. Jean Carroll accused Trump of sexually assaulting her in a dressing room in New York in the mid-1990s. The former journalist is now suing Trump for remarks he made while denying the accusations, including stating in interviews, and later again via his Truth Social account, that she is "not my type. Carroll is also suing the former president for battery.
The two defamation lawsuits will be combined into one trial, as agreed upon by Trump’s and Carroll’s attorneys. The trial is scheduled to begin on April 25th. Of course, Trump may already be incarcerated in the Stormy Daniels Hush money case the Manhattan DA is preparing against him and may also come in the midst of Trump’s campaign for a second White House term, if he continues with such after his expected arrest in the Stormy Daniel’s case.
Carroll sued in 2022 after Trump called the rape claim a “hoax,” “lie,” “con job” and “complete scam” in a social media post. Unsealed testimony reveals that Trump, under oath, repeatedly insulted Carroll during the original deposition, calling her a "nut job," "liar" and "mentally sick," and suggested that she had enjoyed being sexually assaulted, saying of Carroll, “She said it was very sexy to be raped,” referring to a CNN interview.
The second lawsuit also includes a battery claim under New York’s Adult Survivors Act, which lets sexual abuse victims sue their attackers even if statutes of limitations have run out.
A Washington, D.C. appeals court is deciding whether Trump should be immune from Carroll’s first lawsuit, but not her second, because he was acting as president when he spoke. A decision in that case isn’t expected until after the defamation lawsuit is concluded.
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