Trump Countersues E. Jean Carroll, Claiming She Defamed Him This Time

The former president, who was found liable for sexually abusing Ms. Carroll, argued that she should not have said he raped her.

E. Jean Carroll, who sued Donald J. Trump for abusing her, is now the object of legal action from him. Credit...Kena Betancur/Agence France-Presse, via Afp/Pool/Afp Via Getty Images

E. Jean Carroll has been found guilty of sexual abuse and defamation, and former President Donald J. Trump has countersued, claiming that she had defamed him by repeating her claim that he had raped her.

A federal jury of six men and three women ruled last month that Ms. Carroll, 79, a former magazine columnist, had established that Mr. Trump abused her sexually nearly 30 years ago in a Manhattan Bergdorf Goodman dressing room. However, contrary to what she had long claimed, the jury did not find that he had raped her.

Ms. Carroll was asked about the jury's finding that he did not commit rape, which requires proof of penile penetration, in an interview with CNN on May 10, one day after the verdict in that civil trial.

She replied, "Yes, he did, yes, he did."

Mr. Trump, 77, who is looking for the administration once more, said in court papers documented late Tuesday in Government Area Court in Manhattan that Ms. Carroll was inappropriate to rehash that dispute after the jury's choice that he had physically manhandled her, a lesser type of wrongdoing.

According to Mr. Trump, the interview that was broadcast on television and other platforms hurt his reputation.

Ms. Carroll's legal counselor, Roberta A. Kaplan, said in a proclamation that Mr. Trump contended notwithstanding reality "that he was absolved by a jury that found that he physically mishandled E. Jean Carroll by effectively embedding his fingers into her vagina."

"Trump's documenting is subsequently just his most recent work to postpone responsibility for what a jury has proactively viewed as his maligning of E. Jean Carroll," she said. " However, that accountability is coming very soon, regardless of whether he likes it.

The case of the former president is a part of a battle that has been going on for years and will continue into the coming year.

Ms. Carroll, who had been an apparatus in Manhattan media circles, first drew Mr. Trump's hatred in June 2019 after she opened up to the world about her allegation that he went after her during the 1990s. Mr. Trump stated that she was not his "type" and called her claim "totally false." Ms. Carroll sued Mr. Trump for maligning for those remarks for a situation that is presently planned for preliminary in January, subsequent to being slowed down in requests after Mr. Trump contended his remarks were essential for his authority job as president.

The decision last month originated from a different claim, documented in 2022 under a New York regulation that permits grown-ups a one-year window to sue some time in the past sexual victimizers. Instead of raping Ms. Carroll, the jury found Mr. Trump guilty of sexual abuse and awarded her $2 million for that misconduct, in addition to $20,000 in punitive damages. In addition, it provided her with $280,000 in punitive damages and $2.7 million in damages for defamation as a result of his numerous attacks on her honesty after he had left office.

Following Mr. Trump's own remarks following the recent verdict, in which he once more called her accusations a hoax, she seeks millions more for defamation in the parallel case that is scheduled to go to trial the following year

Benjamin Weiser is a reporter who covers the federal courts in Manhattan. He has long covered law enforcement, both as a beat and insightful correspondent. He worked for The Washington Post prior to joining The Times in 1997. @BenWeiserNYT

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