E. Jean Carroll Is Suing Trump Under New York’s Adult Survivors Act

  • E. Jean Carroll, a former Elle columnist, accused Donald Trump of rape in a memoir published in 2019.
  • The writer sued Trump for defamation after he denied sexually assaulting her in a dressing room in the 1990s.
  • Carroll’s attorney asks to combine the defamation lawsuit with a civil lawsuit.

A former Elle columnist, who accused Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her in the mid-1990s, plans to indict the former president once a New York law opening the statute of limitations for abuse cases goes into effect on Nov. 24.

E. Jean Carroll, who made the allegations public in 2019, plans to file charges for inflicting violence and intentionally inflicting emotional distress under New York’s Adult Survivors Act, Roberta A. Kaplan wrote. , Carroll’s attorney, in an August letter to a New York judge made public on Tuesday.

The writer was unable to pursue a case against Trump due to the state’s statute of limitations on certain sex crimes. But with the Adult Survivors Act (ASA), sexual assault victims who were then over 18 now have a one-year term to file a civil case, regardless of when the incident occurred. This means that once the law goes into effect on November 24, 2022, a claimant will have until November 24, 2023 to file a case. The law was signed by Governor Kathy Hochul on May 24.

Carroll previously made the accusation against Trump public in her 2019 memoir, “What Do We Need Men For?”

She claimed in the book that in 1995 or 1996, Trump pushed her against the wall in a dressing room and sexually assaulted her, claiming that he forced his “fingers around my private area” and “pushed his penis halfway β€” or all the way, me.” I’m not sure – in me.”

Trump vehemently denied the allegations.

“I’ll say it 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, who will face trial next February.

According to the August 8 letter, Carroll’s attorney also hopes to try Trump for inflicting violence and intentionally inflicting emotional distress in the same process.

“In our view, because…the facts between the two cases overlap to such a significant extent, we believe there is no reason why both actions could not be attempted together as of Feb. 6, 2023,” Kaplan wrote. .

Trump’s attorney Alina Habba wrote in response to the letter that her client “completely and adamantly objects” to the proposal to consolidate the cases.

Carroll’s legal team is also asking for a statement from Trump after it claimed the former president’s responses to discovery in the defamation lawsuit were “inadequate.”

β€œTo date, the discovery in the aforementioned defamation case has been a completely one-way street,” Kaplan wrote.

Trump’s attorney replied that the letter “mischaracterizes the discovery efforts” her client has made.

Attorneys for Carroll and Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment.