Donald Trump was the subject of a complaint for rape, which would have been committed in the 90s. A new law allows the complainant to relaunch her action.
Published on 11/24/2022 at 8:02 p.m.
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UA new law in New York, supposed to protect victims of sexual assault, has allowed an American journalist, E. Jean Carroll, to revive in civil justice a complaint for rape dating from the 90s against Donald Trump. 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 the magazine She, had attacked Donald Trump in civil in November 2019. She accused him of having defamed her for having called a “complete lie”, in June 2019, his rape allegations in a fitting room of a new department store. Yorkers 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.
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As for the accusations of rape, 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, the “Adult Survivors Act”, allowing, for one year, victims of sexual assault to reactivate their possible old complaints and demand a trial. in civilian life.
A “diversion of the objective of the law”
The law firm of E. Jean Carroll, Kaplan Hecker and Fink, and the federal justice system in Manhattan 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 (of) grabbing E. Jean Carroll, pinning and pinning her against the wall of a dressing room with his shoulder and raping her”.
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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 Agence France -Press Alina Habba, Donald Trump’s lawyer in the case.
Last October, the former president called the accusations a “hoax and a lie”. And this new diatribe of the businessman on October 12 on his Truth Social network, making fun of this alleged rape, also allows E. Jean Carroll to relaunch the defamation component of his legal action against Donald Trump, targeted this once as a private citizen without presidential immunity.