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 Donald Trump must testify in April as part of a defamation lawsuit brought by a woman who says he raped her in the 1990s a court said Tuesday The former US president 76 faces twin allegations of rape and defamation in a case dating back to 2019 and brought by journalist E Jean Carroll who is now 78 Both sides presented depositions in October before Judge Lewis Kaplan and on Tuesday he signed an order setting April 10 as the start of the defamation trial as sought by Carroll Carroll a former columnist for Elle magazine sued then president Trump for defamation in a New York civil court in 2019 In an excerpt of her book published by New York Magazine that year Carroll said she was raped by Trump in the changing room at the luxury Bergdorf Goodman department store on Fifth Avenue in New York in the mid 1990s Trump denied the accusation saying Carroll was not my type and that she was totally lying Carroll sued him over that latter remark Trump has said he never met Carroll and his lawyers have argued that Trump had immunity since he was president in 2019 At the time Carroll could not seek to have Trump charged with rape because the statute of limitations for the alleged offense had expired But a new law has since taken effect in New York that protects victims of sexual assault decades after attacks may have occurred It gives sexual assault victims in New York state a one year window to sue their alleged abusers even when the abuse occurred long ago So lawyers for Carroll filed an upgraded civil suit last Thursday that accuses Trump of battery when he forcibly raped and groped her and for defamation in a post on his Truth Social platform last month where he denied the alleged rape This suit seeks a civil trial in 2023 and unspecified compensatory and punitive damages for psychological harm pain and suffering loss of dignity and damage to her reputation The introduction to the new lawsuit states Roughly 27 years ago playful banter at the luxury department store Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue in New York City took a dark turn when Defendant Donald J Trump seized Plaintiff E Jean Carroll forced her up against a dressing room wall pinned her in place with his shoulder and raped her The trial now scheduled for April concerns only the defamation allegation In her new complaint Carroll reiterated that she remained silent for more than 20 years out of fear of reprisals but changed her mind after the MeToo movement beginning in 2017 against violence toward women Trump s lawyer in the case Alina Habba said last Thursday that she respects and admires those who come forward under the new New York state law But this case is unfortunately an abuse of the purpose of this Act which creates a terrible precedent running the risk of delegitimizing credibility of actual victims Habba said In his October 12 posting on his Truth Social account Trump said Carroll completely made up a story that I met her at the doors of Bergdorf Goodman It is a Hoax and a lie just like all the other Hoaxes that have been played on me
Trump ordered to testify in defamation case brought by woman who says he raped her

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Donald Trump must testify in April as part of a defamation lawsuit brought by a woman who says he raped her in the 1990s, a court said Tuesday.

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Jean Carroll

The former US president, 76, faces twin allegations of rape and defamation in a case dating back to 2019 and brought by journalist E.

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Jean Carroll, who is now 78.

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Judge Lewis Kaplan

Both sides presented depositions in October before Judge Lewis Kaplan and on Tuesday he signed an order setting April 10 as the start of the defamation trial, as sought by Carroll.

New York

Carroll, a former columnist for Elle magazine, sued then-president Trump for defamation in a New York civil court in 2019.

New York Magazine

In an excerpt of her book published by New York Magazine that year, Carroll said she was raped by Trump in the changing room at the luxury Bergdorf Goodman department store on Fifth Avenue in New York in the mid-1990s.

Trump denied the accusation, saying Carroll was “not my type” and that she was “totally lying.

” Carroll sued him over that latter remark.

Trump has said he never met Carroll and his lawyers have argued that Trump had immunity since he was president in 2019.

At the time Carroll could not seek to have Trump charged with rape because the statute of limitations for the alleged offense had expired.

New York

But a new law has since taken effect in New York that protects victims of sexual assault decades after attacks may have occurred.

It gives sexual assault victims in New York state a one-year window to sue their alleged abusers even when the abuse occurred long ago.

Truth Social

So lawyers for Carroll filed an upgraded civil suit last Thursday that accuses Trump of battery, “when he forcibly raped and groped” her, and for defamation in a post on his Truth Social platform last month where he denied the alleged rape.

This suit seeks a civil trial in 2023 and unspecified compensatory and punitive damages for psychological harm, pain and suffering, loss of dignity and damage to her reputation.

Bergdorf Goodman

The introduction to the new lawsuit states: “Roughly 27 years ago, playful banter at the luxury department store Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue in New York City took a dark turn when Defendant Donald J.

Trump seized Plaintiff E.

Jean Carroll, forced her up against a dressing room wall, pinned her in place with his shoulder, and raped her.


The trial now scheduled for April concerns only the defamation allegation.

In her new complaint, Carroll reiterated that she remained silent for more than 20 years out of fear of reprisals but changed her mind after the #MeToo movement beginning in 2017 against violence toward women.

Alina Habba

Trump’s lawyer in the case, Alina Habba, said last Thursday that she respects and admires those who come forward under the new New York state law.

But “this case is unfortunately an abuse of the purpose of this Act which creates a terrible precedent running the risk of delegitimizing credibility of actual victims,” Habba said.

Truth Social

In his October 12 posting on his Truth Social account, Trump said Carroll “completely made up a story that I met her at the doors” of Bergdorf Goodman.

“It is a Hoax and a lie, just like all the other Hoaxes that have been played on me.

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