United States: The journalist who accuses Trump of rape relaunches her complaint

United States: The journalist who accuses Trump of rape relaunches her complaint
United States: The journalist who accuses Trump of rape relaunches her complaint

PostedNovember 24, 2022, 7:16 PM

A court case of alleged rape and defamation has pitted 78-year-old E. Jean Carroll against former President Donald Trump since 2019.

An American journalist, E. Jean Carrollwho accuses donald trump of having raped her in the 1990s, relaunched its civil lawsuit against the former president of the United States on Thursday, thanks to a new law in New York that protects victims of sexual assault.

A double court case of alleged rape and defamation has pitted E. Jean Carroll, 78, against Donald Trump, 76, in the Manhattan federal civil court since 2019, both of whom produced their sworn depositions in October before a New York judge.

In the defamation proceedings, E. Jean Carroll, author and former columnist for “Elle” magazine, had attacked Donald Trump in civil proceedings in November 2019. She accused him of having defamed her for having called it a “complete lie”, in June 2019, his allegations of rape in a New York department store dressing room in 1995 or 1996.

The Republican president then in office (2017-2021) replied that he had never met her and that she was “not his kind of woman”. His lawyers have also always claimed that he was protected in 2019 by his immunity as head of state. As for the rape charges, E. Jean Carroll had not been able to file a formal complaint in 2019, since the alleged facts were prescribed.

However, this November 24 came into force a new law of the State of New York (“Adult Survivors Act”) allowing, for one year, victims of sexual assault to reactivate their possible old complaints and claim a civil lawsuit. .

The law firm of E. Jean Carroll, Kaplan Hecker and Fink, and the Manhattan federal justice system therefore released several court documents on Thursday accusing Donald Trump of “rape” in particular and requesting a civil trial in 2023 in order to obtain damages.

In the introduction to the complaint, which is now admissible and which relates all the facts, Donald Trump is accused “about 27 years ago (…) in the luxury department store Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue in New York (from ) grabbing E. Jean Carroll, pinning and pinning her against the wall of a fitting room with his shoulder and raping her”.

The complainant had been silent for more than 20 years before telling her story in a book at the end of the 2010s in favor of the MeToo movement launched in 2017 against violence against women. “If I respect and admire the people who speak out, this case unfortunately constitutes a diversion of the objective of the law which creates a serious precedent and risks delegitimizing the words of real victims” reacted Thursday to AFP Alina Habba, Donald Trump’s lawyer in the case. Last October, the former president called the accusations a “hoax and a lie.”

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