February 5, 2023

TIME’S UP: Trump can’t escape defamation lawsuit from E. Jean Carroll as trial date is set

TIME'S UP: Trump can't escape defamation lawsuit from E. Jean Carroll as trial date is set

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After multiple delays, the defamation case by E. Jean Carroll against Donald Trump can finally proceed. District Judge Lewis Kaplan set a trial date for Feb. 6, 2023, barring any motions or possible settlements.


Three years into his presidency, Carroll went public with accusations that Trump had raped her in a dressing room at the Bergdorf Goodman department store in the 1990s. She filed a lawsuit for defamation after Trump   denied raping her and made disparaging comments about Ms. Carroll to the press, telling reporters, “She’s not my type.”

Although the case was originally filed in a New York state court, Trump’s Department of Justice tried to have the case moved to federal courts, with then-Attorney General Bill Barr arguing that the comments were made in Trump’s capacity as President.

Judge Kaplan disagreed.

Carroll’s legal counsel, Roberta Kaplan – no relation to the judge – criticized the attempt by Trump’s legal team  as “offensive.”

“There is not a single person in the United States – not the president and not anyone else – whose job description includes slandering women they sexually assaulted,” he said.

Senior U.S. District Judge Kaplan accused the president and his team of  intentionally attempting to delay Carroll’s progress in the court through “frivolous motions practice.”

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Witness depositions are set to begin on August 3rd, with discovery completed by the 16th of November.

In March, Trump tried to amend his answer to E. Jean Carroll’s lawsuit to countersue – a motion that was denied and labeled another delay tactic by Judge Kaplan.

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“In the Court’s view, characterization of defendant’s previous and threatened future actions as dilatory in bad faith or duly prejudicial would be a bootless exercise,” the judge wrote in his opinion.

After three years, it appears the trial is moving forward.

Trump’s attorney Alina Habba wrote in an email to the Law & Crime website, “While we are disappointed with the Court’s decision today, we eagerly look forward to litigating this action and proving at trial that the plaintiff’s claims have absolutely no basis in law or fact.”

You can read the judge’s ruling in E. Jean Carroll’s lawsuit against Donald Trump here.

Original reporting by Adam Klasfeld at Law & Crime.

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Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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