Just days after people gawked over photos of former President Donald J. Trump at his youngest daughter’s wedding, new allegations are being made against him.
Donald J. Trump Accuser E. Jean Carroll Files Lawsuit Against the Former President on Thanksgiving
According to new reports, on Thursday, former Elle advice columnist and television host, E. Jean Carroll has filed a lawsuit against Trump in New York. In the lawsuit, as People reports, Carroll alleges battery and defamation under New York’s Adult Survivors Act.
As Carroll claims, “roughly 27 years ago, playful banter at the luxury department store Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue in New York City took a dark turn when Defendant Donald J. Trump seized Plaintiff E. Jean Carroll, forced her up against a dressing room wall, pinned her in place with his shoulder, and raped her.”
Carroll also addressed her reason for staying silent about her experience with Trump, saying, she “feared of being buried in ‘threats and lawsuits’ and damage to her reputation and livelihood.” People continues to report that Carroll says the alleged incident caused her “significant pain and suffering,” and left her “severely injured” with “lasting psychological harms, loss of dignity, and invasion of her privacy.”
In the lawsuit, Carroll seeks “redress for her injuries and to demonstrate that even a man as powerful as Trump can be held accountable under the law.”
Carroll’s attorney offered a statement on behalf of her client to People, saying, she “intends to hold Donald Trump accountable not only for defaming her but also for sexually assaulting her, which he did years ago in a dressing room at Bergdorf Goodman.”
“Thanksgiving Day was the very first day Ms. Carroll could file under New York law so our complaint was filed with the court shortly after midnight.”
Trump’s attorney has also responded with a statement given to the AP. “While I respect and admire individuals that come forward, this case is, unfortunately, an abuse of the purpose of this Act which creates a terrible precedent and runs the risk of delegitimizing the credibility of actual victims.”
In 2019, Trump denied Carroll’s claims saying, “No. 1: She’s not my type” and, further, that he had “never met this person in my life.” According to People, Carroll and Trump have been photographed together.
Earlier this month, Trump announced his bid to run for President yet again in 2024.
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