The author E. Jean Carroll, who has accused President Donald Trump of raping her years in the past within the dressing room of a Manhattan luxurious division retailer, on Monday filed a defamation lawsuit in opposition to Trump for saying that she was mendacity and motivated by cash and a political agenda.
Carroll’s swimsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court docket is the most recent of a number of defamation claims filed by ladies in opposition to Trump after he denied allegations about sexual misconduct by claiming the ladies had been liars.
“However this lawsuit just isn’t solely about me, she added. “I’m submitting this on behalf of each lady who has ever been harassed, assaulted, silenced, or spoken up solely to be shamed, fired, ridiculed and belittled.”
“No particular person on this nation ought to be above the legislation — together with the president.”
White Home spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham blasted Carroll in a ready assertion.
“Let me get this straight – Ms. Carroll is suing the President for defending himself in opposition to false allegations? I assume because the e book didn’t make any cash she’s making an attempt to receives a commission one other approach,” Grisham mentioned.
“The story she used to try to promote her trash e book by no means occurred, interval,” Grisham mentioned. “Her model of occasions just isn’t even possible when you’ve ever tried on clothes in a dressing room of a crowded division retailer. The lawsuit is frivolous and the story is a fraud – identical to the creator.”
Carroll, 75, had claimed in a New York journal article in June that Trump had raped her in a dressing room at Bergdorf Goodman after an opportunity encounter in that upscale retailer in late 1995 or 1996.
After her article was revealed, the president denied ever assembly Carroll, a lot much less raping her. Nonetheless, there’s a picture exhibiting Trump and Carroll with different folks from the 1980s.
“Disgrace on those that make up false tales of assault to attempt to get publicity for themselves, or promote a e book, or perform a political agenda,” Trump mentioned on the time.
Carroll’s swimsuit says that every of Trump’s statements — claiming that she lied, and that she was motivated by cash or a political agenda — “was false.”
“Trump knew his statements had been false and defamatory,” mentioned Carroll’s lawyer, Robbie Kaplain. “He knew who Carroll was that day at Bergdorf Goodman and he is aware of who she is now. In her recommendation column, Carroll encourages her readers to be courageous, to assume clearly, and to hunt justice. So Carroll has determined to observe her personal recommendation.”
Carroll’s lawsuit says that she saved quiet about Trump’s alleged rape of her for twenty years after one in every of two associates she confided in after the assault “warned” her “that Trump would break her life and livelihood if she reported it.”
The swimsuit says that close to the top of the 2016 presidential election, Carroll “watched in horror as quite a few ladies provided extremely credible (and painfully acquainted) accounts of Trump assaulting them.”
However Carroll nonetheless saved quiet, the swimsuit says, as a result of her mom, “a revered Republican official in Indiana, was dying over the last six weeks of the presidential election,” and Carroll wished “to make her mom’s final days as nice as potential and keep away from inflicting her any ache.”
Carroll started altering her thoughts about her silence in late 2017 when movie producer Harvey Weinstein was publicly accused by a number of ladies of sexual assault and abuse.
“It all of the sudden appeared potential that even Trump could possibly be held to account,” the swimsuit says.
Carroll’s swimsuit joins one other one in New York filed by Summer time Zervos, who as soon as was a contestant on Trump’s tv present “The Apprentice.”
Zervos is suing Trump for defamation in calling her a liar in response to her claims that he sexually harassed her.
One other defamation swimsuit had been filed in opposition to Trump by porn star Stormy Daniels, who claims she had intercourse with him in 2006. Trump denies her declare.
Daniels has mentioned that about 5 years after her alleged fling with Trump, she was approached by a person who warned her to maintain quiet about Trump. Final yr, Daniels labored with a sketch artist to create a drawing of the unidentified man she mentioned he threatened her.
Trump in a tweet had mentioned, “A sketch years later a couple of nonexistent man. A complete con job, enjoying the Pretend Information Media for Fools (however they understand it)!”
Daniels’ swimsuit had mentioned the tweet defamed her.
A federal decide in Los Angeles threw out her lawsuit final fall, saying the tweet was “rhetorical hyperbole” that’s protected by the First Modification of the U.S. Structure.