Trump Suffers Defeat in Second E Jean Carroll Defamation Lawsuit

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A federal judge has ruled that Donald Trump is legally responsible for defamatory statements he made in 2019 regarding writer E Jean Carroll.

Judge Lewis Kaplan, in a recent decision, has specified that Ms. Carroll’s second civil defamation trial against Mr. Trump will focus exclusively on determining the extent of damages.

Ms. Carroll had accused Mr. Trump of sexual assault at a department store in the 1990s. The former president is scheduled to face a trial in January in relation to his comments about these allegations.

In a statement released on Wednesday, legal representatives for Mr. Trump expressed their confidence in the possibility of overturning the Carroll II verdict on appeal, effectively nullifying this decision.

Ms. Carroll initially disclosed the sexual assault allegations in a 2019 New York Magazine article. Mr. Trump vehemently denied these allegations, leading to Ms. Carroll filing her initial defamation lawsuit against him in November of that year. Her lawsuit asserted that Trump’s actions had harmed her reputation and caused her emotional distress.

Trump suffers loss in second E Jean Carroll defamation case

It’s important to note that this case is distinct from a previous civil trial in May, during which a New York jury determined that the former president had sexually abused Ms. Carroll. However, in that trial, he was not found liable for the charge of rape in connection with the dressing room incident at Bergdorf Goodman. The jury did find Mr. Trump responsible for defamation due to his characterization of the magazine writer’s accusations as “a hoax and a lie,” resulting in an order for him to pay Ms. Carroll $5 million (£4 million).

In his 25-page decision regarding the second defamation case, Judge Kaplan contended that the May verdict established that Mr. Trump had made statements regarding the assault with “actual malice.” Consequently, the forthcoming second defamation case will exclusively center on determining the compensation Mr. Trump should provide to Ms. Carroll for his comments.

Normally, a jury would be responsible for determining whether a defendant is liable for damages. The trial for this case is slated for January 15, 2024.

Legal representatives for Ms. Carroll expressed their anticipation of the trial focused on damages.

Meanwhile, Mr. Trump is currently appealing the May verdict handed down by the jury and has requested a new trial, with that request still pending. He continues to deny the allegations of rape made by Ms. Carroll, asserting that he never met the former Elle Magazine columnist and alleging that she fabricated the story to boost sales of her book.

In addition to these legal challenges, the former president faces a range of other legal issues, including state and federal charges related to his alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election results and mishandling of classified documents.

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