Judge dismisses Trump defamation lawsuit towards E Jean Carroll for CNN statements

A decide has dismissed former President Donald Trump’s counter-lawsuit towards author E Jean Carroll.

Federal Judge Lewis Kaplan wrote in an order made public on Monday that Mr Trump hadn’t confirmed that Ms Carroll’s statements on CNN the day after a civil trial jury discovered that the ex-president had sexually abused Ms Carroll and subsequently defamed her had been false or “not at least substantially true”.

Mr Trump sued Ms Carroll in June following her CNN look the earlier month. Ms Carroll was requested in regards to the verdict – the jury discovered that whereas Mr Trump sexually abused her, they didn’t state that Mr Trump had raped her below New York state legislation, to which Ms Carroll mentioned, “Oh, yes he did”.

Judge Kaplan wrote: “Indeed, the jury’s verdict in Carroll II establishes, as against Mr Trump, the fact that Mr Trump ‘raped her’, albeit digitally rather than with his penis. Thus, it establishes against him the substantial truth of Ms Carroll’s ‘rape’ accusations.”

“In consequence, there is no merit to Mr Trump’s argument that the jury’s finding on Penal Law ‘rape’ question established that Ms Carroll’s statements were false even if her statements reasonably could be construed as referring to ‘rape’ in that specialized Penal Law sense, a subject on which this Court now expresses no view,” he added.

Judge Kaplan had already rejected Mr Trump’s request for a brand new trial, CNN notes.

Mr Trump is about to go on trial towards Ms Carroll once more in January on a separate defamation lawsuit filed by the author in 2019 for statements Mr Trump made whereas occupying the White House.

The case has been delayed by the authorized battle that ensued. The lawsuit introduced below the New York Adult Survivors Act, often called Carroll II, went to trial in May of this 12 months, resulting in the author being awarded $5m.

Mr Trump had appealed that verdict in addition to different “adverse” rulings.

Ms Carroll’s authorized group have claimed that the one difficulty that the jury ought to settle in January is how a lot Mr Trump ought to pay the author. The ex-president’s legal professionals have mentioned that there must be a restrict to the quantity of damages he can owe to keep away from doubling up from the jury’s verdict in Carroll II.

Robbie Kaplan, Ms Carroll’s lawyer, mentioned in a press release: “We are pleased that the Court dismissed Donald Trump’s counterclaim. That means that the January 15th jury trial will be limited to a narrow set of issues and shouldn’t take very long to complete.

Mr Trump is set to face his challengers in the Republican primary in the Iowa caucuses on the same day.

Ms Kaplan added: “E. Jean Carroll looks forward to obtaining additional compensatory and punitive damages based on the original defamatory statements Donald Trump made in 2019.”

Trump lawyer Alina Habba advised CNN: “We strongly disagree with the flawed decision and will be filing an appeal shortly.”

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