E. Jean Carroll’s Defamation Suit Against Trump Takes Major Turn
Writer E. Jean Carroll scored a major victory Thursday in her ongoing defamation case against Donald Trump when a New York State Supreme Court judge denied Trump’s effort to delay the proceedings, which now allows her to pursue his DNA sample in an effort to prove claims he sexually assaulted her in the 1990s.
A recent Supreme Court decision regarding Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s subpoena for Trump’s financial records demonstrated that a state court can exercise jurisdiction over a sitting President, meaning Carroll’s case against Trump should be allowed to proceed.
“IT’S ON!! See you in court, @RealDonaldTrump!” Carroll tweeted. She followed that tweet with a link to a New York Times story covering the suit.
— E. Jean Carroll (@ejeancarroll) August 7, 2020
Carroll, a prolific writer and advice columnist, released a memoir last summer detailing Trump’s attack in the New York department store Bergdorf Goodman. She alleged that Trump threw her up against the wall of a dressing room and forced himself on her. She said the episode occurred in late 1995 or early 1996. She had kept the black, wool dress that she was wearing that day, she wrote.
The details she provided echo accusations from other women such as Summer Zervos, who recounted her assault under nearly identical circumstances. When asked why she had remained silent for so long Carroll said it was her story to tell when she felt ready to tell it. The #MeToo movement encouraged her to come finally come forward and write her memoir.
Trump denied Carroll’s accusations by crassly saying “She’s not my type.” It was this comment that made Carroll decide to sue Trump for defamation in November 2019. There has not yet been a response from Trump, who is spending yet another weekend at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey.