After the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate on Trump, then the rehabilitation of his Twitter account, we never stop hearing about the former American president. This Thursday, an American journalist, E. Jean Carroll, who accuses Donald Trump of having raped her in the 1990s, relaunched her civil lawsuit against him, thanks to a new law in New York that protects victims of sexual assaults.
A double court case of alleged rape and defamation has pitted Ms. Carroll, 78, against Mr. Trump, 76, before the federal civil court in Manhattan since 2019. who both produced their sworn depositions in October before a New York judge.
In the defamation proceedings, E. Jean Carroll, author and former columnist for the magazine Shehad attacked Donald Trump in civil in November 2019. She accused him of having defamed for calling a “complete lie”, in June 2019, his allegations of rape in a fitting room of a New York department store in 1995 or 1996.
The Republican president then in office (2017-2021) replied that he had never met her and that she was “not his kind of woman”. His lawyers have also always claimed that he was protected in 2019 by his immunity as head of state.
As for the rape charges, Ms. Carroll had not been able to file a formal complaint in 2019 since the alleged facts were time-barred.
Several documents accusing Trump of “rape” made public
However, on November 24, a new law in the State of New York (“Adult Survivors Act”) entered into force allowing, for one year, victims of sexual assault to reactivate their possible old complaints and claim a civil trial.
Ms. Carroll’s law firm, Kaplan Hecker and Fink, and the federal justice system in Manhattan therefore released several court documents on Thursday accusing Mr. Trump in particular of “rape” and asking for a civil trial in 2023 to obtain damages.
In the introduction to the complaint, which is now admissible and which relates all the facts, Donald Trump is accused “about 27 years ago (…) in the luxury department store Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue in New York (from ) grabbing E. Jean Carroll, pinning and pinning her against the wall of a fitting room with his shoulder and raping her”.
“Hoax and Lie”
The plaintiff had been silent for more than 20 years before telling her story in a book in the late 2010s thanks to the movement #MeToo launched in 2017 against violence against women.
“If I respect and admire the people who speak out, this case unfortunately constitutes a diversion of the objective of the law which creates a serious precedent and risks delegitimizing the words of real victims” reacted Thursday to AFP Alina Habba, Mr. Trump’s lawyer in the case.
Last October, the former president called the accusations a “hoax and a lie”. And this new rant from the businessman on October 12 on his Truth Social network, making fun of this alleged rape, also allows Ms. Carroll to relaunch the defamation component of her legal action against Mr. Trump, targeted this time. as a private citizen without presidential immunity.