Donald Trump sued the writer again for defamation over the alleged rape

Former US President Donald Trump.

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  • Author E. Jean Carroll sued Donald Trump for defamation for the second time on Thursday.
  • Carroll says Trump lied when he denied he molested her 27 years ago.
  • The new law gives New Yorkers a year to sue abusers for past crimes.

The author who accused the former US president of lying when he denied that he molested her 27 years ago sued Donald Trump for a second time on Thursday for defamation.

In the complaint filed in Manhattan federal court, former Elle magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll also accused Trump of battery in an alleged encounter at the Bergdorf Goodman department store in Manhattan.

Carroll, 78, filed the battery suit under New York’s Adult Survivors Act, a new law that gives sexual assault victims a one-year window to sue alleged abusers even if the abuse happened long ago and the statute of limitations has expired.

Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, was the first day prosecutors could go to court.

Trump, 76, has denied raping Carroll or knowing her at the time, saying she was “not my type.”

His first denial in June 2019 prompted him to sue for defamation five months later.

He reiterated his denial in a post on his Truth Social account on Oct. 12, calling Carroll’s claim a “hoax” and a “lie,” prompting a new defamation lawsuit.

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Both sides await appeals court rulings that address Trump’s argument that he is legally immune from Carroll’s first lawsuit because he is acting as president.

If the courts agree to substitute Trump as the defendant for the US government, which enjoys sovereign immunity from defamation claims, Carroll’s first suit will fail.

That likely won’t affect his second claim because Trump is a private citizen who left the White House in January 2021.

Carroll is seeking unspecified damages. In support of her battery claim, she said Trump caused her lasting psychological harm and made her unable to maintain a romantic relationship.

The first case is scheduled to go to trial on February 6, 2023, before US District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan, but will likely be delayed due to the appeals process.

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At Tuesday’s hearing, Carroll’s attorney, Roberta Kaplan, asked for an April 10 trial, saying the two counts overlap substantially.

Trump’s attorney, Alina Habba, requested a May 8 trial for the first lawsuit only. He also told the judge that the longer delay made sense because Trump had not hired a lawyer for the second lawsuit.

“Your client in the current proceeding, Mrs. Habbe, has known this for months and it would be good for her to decide who represents her,” the judge replied.

Judge Kaplan said he could rule as early as next week on how to determine both lawsuits.