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Writer E. Gene Carroll Upgraded Lawsuit Alleging Trump

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A composite photo of the files of former President Donald Trump and columnist E. Gene Carroll.

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New York – Writer Former President Donald Trump accused of rape An upgraded lawsuit was filed against him in New York on Thursday, minutes after a new state law allowing victims of sexual assault to sue over attacks that took place decades ago took effect. Attorney filed legal documents electronically as the Adult Survivor Act temporarily lifted the state’s normal deadline for litigation over sexual assault. It sought unspecified compensatory and punitive damages for loss of business, reputational damage.

Carroll, a longtime advice columnist for Elle magazine, first claimed in a 2019 book that Trump raped her in the dressing room of an upscale Manhattan department store in 1995 or 1996.

Trump reacted to the book’s allegations by saying It never would have happened because Carol “wasn’t my type.”

His remarks prompted Carroll to file a defamation lawsuit against him, but the case is pending in the Court of Appeals, and a judge has ruled out legal claims for comments he made while he was president. determines whether it is protected from


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Previously, many years had passed since the incident, so Carol was barred by state law from filing a rape allegation.

However, New York’s new law gives victims of sex crimes who miss the deadline associated with the statute of limitations a second chance to file a lawsuit. The time limit will be restored.

At least hundreds of lawsuits are expected, many of them filed by women who claim they have been assaulted by colleagues, prison guards, health care providers and others.

In her new allegations, Carroll alleges Trump committed the assault “when he forcibly raped her and groped her,” and when he denied raping her last month, he allegedly raped her. slandered.

Mr Trump said in a statement that Mr Carroll “completely fabricated the story that I met her at the door of this crowded New York City department store and ‘passed her out’ within minutes.” . Here’s another hoax that’s been put on me over the past seven years. ”

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Columnist E. Gene Carroll leaves New York federal court on February 22, 2022.

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Carroll’s newfound ability to sue Trump for rape could help her avoid potentially fatal legal flaws in her original defamation lawsuit.

Federal employees are protected from defamation allegations if the court ultimately determines that Trump’s first disparaging comments about Carroll’s alleged rape were part of his duties as president. She is barred from suing him for those statements. Such protection does not cover what he did before he became president.

Judge Louis A. Kaplan, who presides over the defamation lawsuit filed by Carroll three years ago, may decide to include the new allegations in a trial likely to take place in the spring.

Trump’s current attorney said this week that he was not yet sure if he would defend Trump against the new allegations.

Carroll’s attorney, Roberta Kaplan, who is not related to the judge, said at a court hearing this week that the new allegations should not require further gathering of evidence. I have already put a copy of the new allegations in. Trump and Carroll also already disposed of.

In a statement about the new lawsuit, Kaplan said her client “had to ask Donald Trump not only to slander her, but to be responsible for the sexual assault he committed in the Bergdorf Goodman locker room many years ago.” are trying to impose a burden on the

“Thanksgiving Day was the first day Ms. Carol could file a complaint under New York law, so our complaint was filed in court shortly after midnight,” she added.

Trump’s attorney, Attorney Michael Madaio, said at the hearing that the new allegation would be very different from the original defamation lawsuit and would require an “entirely new set” of evidence gathering.

A lawyer for Trump did not respond to a message seeking comment on Wednesday. Less than 10 minutes after the lawsuit was filed, she sent another message to her attorney seeking comment.

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