Trump Rape Accuser E. Jean Carroll Plans New Trial Against Former President

Trump Rape Accuser E. Jean Carroll Plans New Trial Against Former President

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NEW YORK, September 20 (Reuters) – The writer who accused Donald Trump of raping her more than a quarter of a century ago plans to file a new lawsuit against the former US president, whose lawyer called the attempt “grossly biased.”

In a letter released Tuesday, former Elle columnist E. Jean Carroll’s lawyer said she plans to sue Trump for battery and emotional distress under the New York State Adult Survivor Law.

The legislation, recently signed into law by Gov. Kathy Hochul, gives adult accusers a year to file civil suits for alleged sexual misconduct, no matter how long ago it happened.

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Trump denied raping Carroll and accused her of fabricating a rape claim in order to sell her book.

Carroll’s attorney, Roberta Kaplan, said her client plans to sue Trump on Nov. 24, when state law takes effect, and that Carroll’s claims and an existing defamation case against Trump could be heard together in February 2023.

Alina Khabba, Trump’s lawyer, said the former president “strongly” objected to the merger of the two cases, which would occur after both sides had finished gathering evidence for trial, and that adding new demands would be “grossly biased.”

“Allowing Plaintiff to drastically change the scope and subject matter of this case at such a time would seriously prejudice Defendant’s rights,” Hubba wrote. “The plaintiff’s request must be completely ignored.”

Kaplan’s letter is dated August 8, and Hubba’s letter is dated August 11. They were made public on Tuesday afternoon.

Carroll v. Trump, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, no. 20-07311.

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Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Chris Reese and Howard Goller

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