- Former Elle columnist E. Jean Carroll accused Donald Trump of rape in a memoir published in 2019.
- The writer sued Trump for defamation after denying sexually assaulting her in the locker room in the 1990s.
- Carroll’s attorneys are demanding that the defamation trial be combined with a civil sexual battery lawsuit.
A former Elle columnist who accused Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her in the mid-1990s plans to sue the former president as soon as New York law sets a statute of limitations on abuse cases effective Nov. 24.
Carroll’s attorney, Roberta A. Kaplan, who made the allegations public in 2019, plans to sue under New York’s Adult Survivor Act for assault and willful emotional distress. August letter to New York judge made public on Tuesday.
Because of the state’s statute of limitations for certain sex crimes, the authors were unable to bring charges against Trump. But under the Adult Survivors Act (ASA), sexual assault victims who turned 18 at the time now have one year to file a civil lawsuit, regardless of when the incident occurred. This means that once the law goes into effect on November 24, 2022, plaintiffs have until November 24, 2023 to file a lawsuit.the law is Signed by Governor Kathy Hochul on May 24.
Carroll previous allegation In her 2019 memoir, What do we need men for? against the Trump public.
She claims in the book that in 1995 or 1996, Trump pushed her against a locker room wall and sexually assaulted her, claiming he forced his “finger around my private area” and “pushed him The penis is inserted half–or fully, I’m not sure–inside me. “
Trump has vehemently denied the allegations.
“I would say with great respect: Number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened,” Trump told The Hill in 2019.
In response, Carroll filed a defamation lawsuit against Trump, which will go to trial in February.
According to the Aug. 8 letter, Carroll’s lawyers hope to try Trump at the same trial on charges of assault and willfully causing emotional distress.
“In our view, because of the substantial overlap of facts … between the two cases, we see no reason why the two lawsuits could not be heard at the same time beginning February 6, 2023,” Kaplan wrote.
Trump attorney Alina Habba wrote in an article reply Her client “totally and firmly opposes” the proposal to consolidate the cases.
Carroll’s legal team is also seeking testimony from Trump after claiming the former president’s response to the discovery in the defamation case was “inadequate.”
“To date, the findings in the aforementioned defamation cases are all one way,” Kaplan wrote.
Trump’s lawyers responded that the letter “mischaracterized the discovery efforts by her client.”
Lawyers for Carroll and Trump did not immediately respond to requests for comment.