Donald Trump testifies against rape accuser in defamation case

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Donald Trump testifies against rape accuser in defamation case
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Donald Trump testified against a woman who filed a defamation case against him after he denied raping her.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Oct 20, 2022 09:03 IST

Former US President Donald Trump

A New York-based advice columnist had filed a defamation case against former US President Donald Trump after he denied her allegations that he raped her. (File photo)

By India Today Web Desk: Former US President Donald Trump on Wednesday testified against E Jean Carroll, a New York-based advice columnist who alleged that she was raped by him. Carroll had filed a defamation lawsuit after Trump denied her rape allegations.

Earlier, Trump’s lawyers sought to postpone the court proceedings, citing an “undue burden” on being subjected to questioning under oath. Further, his lawyers said Trump is shielded from Carroll’s lawsuit by a federal law which provides immunity to government employees from defamation claims.

WHAT IS THE CASE?

E Jean Carroll came out in June 2019 alleging that Donald Trump sexually assaulted her in a dressing room at a Manhattan department store in the mid-1990s.

Carroll wrote in her book ‘What do we need men for?’ that what started as a friendly encounter with Trump at Bergdorf Goodman in 1995 or 1996 turned into something sinister as the real estate mogul pushed her up against a dressing room wall, unzipped his pants and forced himself on her.

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Trump had denied the allegations and said Carroll was “not my type.” Further, he said he had never seen the woman before and that the accusation was “fake news”.

Five months after he denied her allegations, Carroll sued Trump in Manhattan federal court.

In a response to the lawsuit, Trump said the courts should have thrown out the lawsuit. Alina Habba, an attorney for Trump previously called the case “entirely without merit.”

She had alleged that the case was a “political ploy like many others in the long list of witch hunts against Donald Trump”.

In a continuation of the case, Carroll said she also plans to sue Trump on November 24 for battery and inflicting emotional distress.

(With input from Reuters)

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