rape allegation. US author files new lawsuit against Trump

rape allegation. US author files new lawsuit against Trump
rape allegation. US author files new lawsuit against Trump
Columnist E. Jean Carroll exits federal courthouse in New York following her lawsuit against Donald Trump for defamation on February 22, 2022.

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US author Jean Carroll has filed a new rape lawsuit against former US President Donald Trump in a New York court. Defamation proceedings against him are already under way.

The 78-year-old US author Jean Carroll accuses Donald Trump of raping her in a New York department store in the mid-1990s. Carroll is now seeking damages for personal injury and damage to reputation, according to a lawsuit filed by her attorneys on Thursday. Trump has repeatedly denied the allegation of rape.

So far, Carroll has not accused Trump of rape, just defamation. Because the deadline for filing criminal charges for sexual assaults in the 1990s had long since expired. A new law in the US state of New York now provides such an opportunity for victims of sexual violence in earlier cases. Carroll’s attorneys filed the new lawsuit immediately after it went into effect Thursday.

Trump accused Carroll of being a liar

The defamation proceedings, which have been ongoing for some time, relate to statements made in 2019. Carroll had made the allegation of rape public in a book excerpt. Trump denied the allegations, saying, among other things, that she was not his type. He also accused her of only wanting to sell her new book. Carroll then sued Trump for portraying her as a liar and thus defaming her.

In October, Trump had to testify under oath in the trial. The hearing was then stayed by an appeals court because judges must clarify whether Trump is protected from legal consequences for statements he made during his presidency from 2017 to 2021.

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