Trump Accuser E. Jean Carroll Sues For Defamation Against President
Elle Magazine journalist and columnist E. Jean Carroll, who alleged in June that President Donald Trump had raped her in a department store in New York City in the 1990s, announced on Monday that she’s suing the president for defamation in response to his denials after she made the allegation.
Carroll stated this past summer that Trump had attempted to rape her in a dressing room in a Bergdorf Goodman store in New York. Trump denied the account, saying immediately after that Carroll was attempting to promote a book rather than being sincere regarding her allegations.
As reported on previously by HillReporter.com, Carroll described her attempts to get away from Trump during the altercation as a “colossal struggle.” She was able to push Trump off of her, she said, and leave the store immediately after.
Trump responded to those points by stating he wouldn’t pursue Carroll in the first place. “I’ll say it with great respect: Number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened,” he said.
Trump also stated that he had never met Carroll before her allegations came about, a point that Carroll’s lawyer, Robbie Kaplan, noted was a lie, the New York Times reported.
Jean Carroll today filed a suit against @realDonaldTrump, alleging he raped her. Trump has argued he can't be prosecuted for *anything* while president. But remember how GOPers pursued Bill Clinton for alleged pre-POTUS sexual harassment? Here's the first page of her complaint. pic.twitter.com/HUh8FB23n8
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) November 4, 2019
“When Carroll’s account of what had happened to her was published, Donald Trump not only denied the rape, but denied ever having met Carroll or knowing who she was,” Kaplan said. “But Trump knew his statements were false and defamatory — he knew who Carroll was that day at Bergdorf Goodman and he knows who she is now.”
A photograph of Trump and Carroll together at an event in the 1980s surfaced shortly after the president made his response. Trump’s words describing Carroll as a liar, using lies himself to do so, damaged her reputation, she alleges in her lawsuit.