Trump Wins: “Sexual Assault” Accuser’s Defamation Case Thrown Out By Appeals Court
Back in 2019, E. Jean Carroll accused then-President Donald Trump of sexual assault.
Carroll claimed that she was sexually assaulted by Trump in the mid-1990s in a dressing room in a department store.
After being barred from suing him over sexual battery due to it being so far in the past, she decided to sue him for defamation.
A federal appeals court ruled that a lower court was wrong to allow Carroll to sue Trump for comments made during his presidency.
A federal appeals court in Manhattan handed former President Donald Trump a procedural victory Tuesday in a defamation lawsuit, after famed columnist E. Jean Carroll claimed that Trump had raped her in the 1990s.
In a two-to-one decision on Sept. 27, the panel on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a lower court erred when it ruled that Carroll could sue Trump for defamatory statements during his presidency, given that a federal law, known as the Westfall Act, shields government employees from liability in work-related incidents.
Carroll, 78, sued Trump in 2019, claiming the Republican sexually assaulted her in the mid-1990s in a dressing room at a Bergdorf Goodman department store in Manhattan. Because the alleged attack happened decades ago, Carroll was originally barred from suing over sexual battery, pushing her to sue for defamation over allegedly disparaging comments Trump made about the rape allegation.
During an interview in 2019, Trump denied the allegations — saying that she was “totally lying” and that the alleged sexual assault “never happened.”
In an exclusive interview with The Hill, the president vehemently denied the allegations just hours after Carroll detailed the alleged incident during a cable news interview.
“I’ll say it with great respect: Number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened. It never happened, OK?” the president said while seated behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.
“Totally lying. I don’t know anything about her,” he said. “I know nothing about this woman. I know nothing about her. She is — it’s just a terrible thing that people can make statements like that.”
The NYPD said they would investigate the case if Carroll wanted to bring a case forward.
E. Jean Carroll has claimed that she did not wash the dress she was wearing after being “raped” by President Donald Trump in the 1990s — but will not agree to allow the NYPD to test it for DNA and prove her outlandish tale.
The 75-year-old writer was asked by CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota if the dress could contain evidence of her allegations, causing the elderly writer to clam up.
“I have no idea; I do not know if the president ejaculated. I have no idea,” Carroll responded.
When informed that there is no longer a statute of limitations on rape cases and that the NYPD has said that they will investigate it if she wishes to bring a case forward — Carroll wasn’t too keen on the idea.
Another win for Trump!
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