The defamation lawsuit and rape accusations against Donald Trump, explained


On Wednesday, October 19, former US President Donald Trump will testify in a libel case that renowned US journalist E Jean Carroll has filed against him.

Trump’s plea was approved last week by a federal court in New York which noted that the GOP leader had attempted to postpone the matter and “shouldn’t be allowed to run out of time.” CNN updated.

In November 2019, Carroll filed a legal lawsuit in New York against then-President Trump for libel.

But why would the American writer accuse Donald Trump of defamation? How has Trump responded to the situation? We will see.

The case against Donald Trump

In 2019, E Jean Carroll said that Donald Trump raped her in a fitting room at the expensive Bergdorf Goodman store on New York’s Fifth Avenue in the mid-1990s. She said this in a book and in an article in New York Magazine.

According to her, “he shoved her against a dressing room wall, took down her stockings, unzipped her trousers, and forced her.” The New York Times (NYT).

Defamation lawsuit and rape accusations against Donald Trump explained
Jean Carroll sued Donald Trump for defamation in 2019. AP file photo

The then President of the United States denied the claims, saying that she was “totally lying” and that she was not his “type”.

The former Elle magazine columnist filed a defamation lawsuit against Trump for ‘damaging’ her reputation when he claimed she lied about the sexual assault and was motivated by money, according to CNBC.

More than a dozen women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct, each of which he has denied.

In September of this year, Carroll accused Trump of “hindering and trying to prevent a scheduled deposition” in the defamation lawsuit. The Guardian informed.

Trump’s attorney, Alina Habba, asked Judge Lewis A Kaplan of the US District Court in Manhattan to delay the plea while a key question about the lawsuit was considered on appeal, reports NYT.

This came after the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan asked the Washington DC Court of Appeals to decide “whether Trump acted like the president when he called Carroll a liar” in 2019, according to The Guardian.

The US District Court judge denied Trump’s request on October 12 to stay the plea.

Kaplan also rejected Trump’s call to replace him as a defendant in the case and include the US government on the grounds that the alleged libel took place when he was president. CNBC informed.

This ruling opened the possibility that the defamation case could go to trial in February.

Trump’s accountant

Donald Trump’s stance remains unchanged since Carroll sued him.

After Kaplan dismissed Trump’s request to delay it, the 76-year-old politician took to social media to attack the columnist.

Defamation lawsuit and rape accusations against Donald Trump explained
Donald Trump has refuted E Jean Carroll’s rape allegations. AP file photo

“This case of ‘Mrs. Bergdorf Goodman is a complete scam,” Trump said in a statement.

According to NY, he claimed that Carroll “wasn’t telling the truth that he didn’t know her, and that she wasn’t his type”.

“Even though I’m not supposed to say it, I will,” he added.

Reacting to his comments, a spokesman for Carroll’s lawyers said Trump’s statement “obviously doesn’t deserve a response,” it reports. NYT.

Donald Trump’s legal troubles

In early September, Carroll’s attorneys said he intends to sue Trump in late November under New York’s Adult Survivors Law that allows sexual assault survivors to file a case years after the encounter, reports. CNN.

She “will allege assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress in the lawsuit,” her attorneys said.

Judge Kaplan said last week that in view of the possible filing of this second lawsuit, there was no reason to delay Trump’s plea.

“The question of whether Mr. Trump did in fact rape Mrs. Carroll is central to this case,” the US judge wrote in his ruling.

“But it will also be central to the new case that will almost certainly be filed on or shortly after November 24, 2022,” he said, according to CNBC.

Trump is already in hot water with the Justice Department and Congress investigating his role in the events of the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol.

Additionally, Trump is also under scrutiny after the FBI seized thousands of sensitive government documents from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach.

Last month, New York Attorney General Letitia James sued Trump with a $250 million lawsuit, accusing him of fraud. The civil lawsuit alleges that the former president, his company, the Trump Organization, and his three children, Donald Trump Jr, Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump, lied to lenders and insurers about billions of dollars worth of assets.

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