Journalist expands her lawsuit against Donald Trump for rape, assault and defamation

A journalist who claims Donald Trump raped her in the 1990s filed an expanded lawsuit Thursday under a new law protecting victims of sexual assault, decades after the attacks took place.

New offer for a lawyer E. Jane Carroll This came minutes after a New York state law went into effect that allows victims to file a lawsuit regardless of the statute of limitations.

Carroll, 78, filed a federal civil defamation lawsuit against Trump, 76, in November 2019And that lawsuit is still ongoing. Both Carroll and Trump filed affidavits with a New York judge in October.

The lawsuit was expanded by Carroll, a former newspaper writer and columnist Elle Magazineaccuses Trump of assault, “when he forcibly touched and raped her,” and defamation in a post on his Truth Social account last month, in which he denied the alleged rape.

In this new lawsuit, Carroll seeks unspecified, punitive damages for mental damage, pain and suffering, loss of dignity, and damage to his reputation.

The journalist’s previous lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial in early 2023. The judge may decide to include the new lawsuits in the trial.

Carroll made her first public allegation of sexual assault against Trump In the book of 2019alleging the former boss raped her in the fitting room at Bergdorf Goodman, an upscale department store in New York, in late 1995 or early 1996. But until New York’s new adult survivor law went into effect Thursday, Carroll wasn’t able to file an assault. The claim is because the alleged incident occurred a long time ago.

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The former president denied this and said, “It’s not my type.”

Trump denied raping Carroll, or even knowing her, saying she wasn’t “his type” and calling it a “total lie”.

Trump’s attorney in the case, Alina Heba, said she respects and values ​​those who run under the new New York state law, but “this case is, unfortunately, a violation of the purpose of that law.”

In an email to AFP, Heba said it “creates an appalling precedent that threatens to delegitimize the credibility of the actual victims”.

I kept silent for over 20 years for fear of reprisals, but I changed my mind in the aftermath of #MeToo.

E. Jane Carroll

Journalist and whistleblower

The new law gives victims of sexual assault in New York state a year to sue their alleged abusers, even when the abuse occurred long ago.

In his new complaint, Carroll reiterated that he had been silent for more than 20 years Fear of revengeBut she changed her mind after the emergence of the #MeToo movement in 2017 against violence against women.

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