Trump Scores Federal Appeals Court Win Against Rape Accuser


Former President Donald Trump got a favorable ruling from federal judges in a defamation lawsuit filed by a woman who claimed Trump raped her in the 1990s.

A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled on Tuesday that E. Jean Carroll could not sue Trump personally for any defamatory statements he made about her when he was president, The Hill reported.

Carroll, an author and former advice columnist, initially sued Trump in November 2019, Reuters reported.

Her original accusation came in a book excerpt six months earlier. Carroll claimed in June 2019 the real estate mogul raped her in a dressing room at the Bergdorf Goodman store in Manhattan around 1995 or the beginning of 1996 after she agreed to model lingerie for him.

When these accusations came to light, Trump strongly denied them and said she was “totally lying.”


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“I have no idea who this woman is. This is a woman who has also accused other men of things, as you know. It is a totally false accusation. I think she was married — as I read; I have no idea who she is — but she was married to a, actually, nice guy, Johnson — a newscaster,” Trump told reporters on June 22, 2019, according to a White House transcript.

Carroll divorced New York anchorman John Johnson in 1990, according to the Lower Hudson Valley Journal News.

Two days after Trump’s remarks, he spoke of her claims again in an interview with The Hill.

“I’ll say it with great respect: Number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened. It never happened, OK?” the then-president said.

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Carroll filed her lawsuit against Trump on Nov. 4, 2019, claiming his “false and defamatory statements” caused her to “suffer reputational, emotional, and professional harm.”

The 2nd Circuit Court panel ruled Tuesday that a lower court erred when it determined Carroll could sue Trump personally.



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