Famed Writer Who Accused Trump Of Rape Sues POTUS For Defamation

Donald Trump and E. Jean Carroll

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Columnist E. Jean Carroll filed suit Monday against President Donald Trump for defamation.

Trump's lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, didn't immediately return a call seeking comment on the lawsuit.

E Jean Carroll's lawsuit, filed in NY, says the USA president "smeared her integrity, honesty and dignity - all in the national press" when he responded to her allegations, first broached in a NY magazine article in June. As regular readers may recall, in June, she also joined a long list of women who've accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct.

Carroll said she never went to the police at the time because she was afraid of repercussions. Later Trump released a personal statement categorically denying Carroll's allegations, saying he's never met her and connecting the release of her then-upcoming book to her allegations.

Carroll said in a statement that she had filed the lawsuit to hold Trump accountable "for lying" and "for every woman who's been pinched, prodded, cornered, felt-up, pushed against a wall, grabbed, groped, assaulted, and has spoken up only to be shamed, demeaned, disgraced, passed over for promotion, fired, and forgotten".

"Let me get this straight: Ms. Carroll is suing the president for defending himself against false allegations?" press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement, the Hill reported. "But Trump knew his statements were false and defamatory - he knew who Carroll was that day at Bergdorf Goodman and he knows who she is now".

Grisham also said "the lawsuit is frivolous, and the story is a fraud - just like the author", the outlet noted.

The 27-page complaint filed in Manhattan, which seeks unspecified damages, accuses Trump of knowingly lying about the alleged assault.

Carroll chose to come forward, the suit says, after receiving a "flood" of letters to her advice column about how to respond to sexual abuse after the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

The White House responded to the suit by telling the Washington Post, which was first to report on the suit, that Carroll likely didn't make enough money selling her book, so she's chose to sue Trump to make up for it.

The legal standard for defamation requires the accused party to have knowingly made false and damaging statements.

It is then noted: 'He also deliberately implied that she had falsely accused other men of rape.

"I don't know what type a woman needs to be for him to decide to sexually assault someone, but that kind of gratuitous insult about her appearance is the kind of thing that juries and judges look to", Kaplan said.

According to that excerpt, Carroll ran into Trump at the store sometime between the fall of 1995 and the spring of 1996.

When the allegations first surfaced over the summer, Trump issued a statement claiming that he's never met E. Jean Carroll. "I'd ask him to twirl for me", Carroll said in the interview. "No person in this country should be above the law - including the President".

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