During a December trip to New York City, writer E. Jean Carroll says she went shopping with a fashion consultant to find the “best outfit” for one of the most important days of her life – when she came face to face – Will sit in front of the former President Donald Trump accused of raping her decades ago.
The writer and journalist hope that the day will come this year. His attorneys are seeking Trump’s involvement in a defamation lawsuit that Carroll filed against the former president in November 2019, when he denied his accusations that he took her to a Manhattan department store in the mid-1990s Was raped. Trump said he never knew Carroll and alleged that he lied to sell his new book: “He’s not my type”.
If Trump is deposed, she plans to remain there. In the interview, Reuters said in an interview, “I’m living in that moment in that moment, so that he sits at the table by her.” “I think about it every day.”
Allan, a former magazine columnist 77-year-old Carroll, seeks unspecified damages in her lawsuit and retracting Trump’s statements. It is one of two defamation cases involving allegations of sexual misconduct against Trump that may now go forward so fast that he has left the presidency. While in office, Trump’s lawyers delayed the case with the argument that the pressures of his office made it impossible to respond to civil lawsuits.
Jennifer Rodgers, a former federal prosecutor and now assistant professor of clinical law at New York University School of Law, said, “The only obstacle to moving forward with the civil suit was that he is president.” “I think there would be a sense among the judges that it’s time to move forward in these cases,” Carroll’s attorney Roberta Kaplan said.
An attorney for Trump and another representative of the former president did not respond to requests for comment. Trump is facing a similar defamation lawsuit from Summer Xeros, a former contestant on his reality television show “The Apprentice”. In 2016, Zervos accused Trump of sexual misconduct and said he would kiss her against her at a 2007 meeting in New York and later met her at a California hotel to discuss two employment opportunities.
Trump denied the allegations and called Zervos a liar, prompting him to file a defamation suit in 2017, seeking damages and withdrawal. Trump unsuccessfully tried to dismiss the case, arguing that, as president, he was immune to lawsuits filed in state courts. His lawyers appealed to the New York Court of Appeals, which is still considering the case. Zervos filed a motion in early February and asked the court to resume the matter now that Trump is no longer president.
Zervos and Carroll are among the more than two dozen women who have publicly accused Trump of sexual misconduct that they say happened in the years before he became president. Other accused include a former model who claims that Trump sexually harassed her at the 1997 US Open tennis tournament; A former Miss Universe pageant contestant, who said Trump held her in 2006; And a journalist who accused Trump of forcibly kissing her at her Mar-a-Lago resort in 2005 without her consent.
Trump has denied the allegations and described them as politically motivated. In September, following several unsuccessful attempts by Troll’s lawyers to dismiss or delay Carroll’s case, US Department of Justice officials under his administration took the unusual step of asking that the government be considered as a defendant in Trump’s case Be replaced. Justice Department lawyers argued that Trump, like any general public servant, is entitled under federal law to immunity from civil lawsuits while doing his job. He argued that he was acting out of his capacity as president when he said that Carroll Carroll was lying.
Legal experts said it was unprecedented for the Department of Justice to defend for conduct before assuming the office of president. When Judge Lewis Kaplan of the Federal District Court in Manhattan rejected that argument, the Justice Department appealed. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has not yet ruled on it.
It remains to be seen whether Justice Department officials under President Joey Biden, who took office last month, will continue to defend the case on Trump’s behalf. The White House and the Department of Justice declined to comment. If the appeals court upholds Judge Kaplan’s decision, it would pave the way for Trump’s removal by Carroll’s lawyers.
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Carroll’s lawyers are also seeking DNA samples from Trump. Carroll said she still had the dress she wore when Trump allegedly attacked her. “I hung it in my cupboard,” he said.
Carroll said she randomly crossed with Trump at Bergdorff Goodman’s store in the mid-1990s. Carroll, who hosted a TV talk show at the time, said Trump recognized him. The two interacted, she said. Trump asked her to take a gift for an unknown woman, and they eventually ended up in the lingerie department. According to the complaint, after Trump asked her to lock him in the dressing room, Trump locked the door in a dressing room, pinned her against a wall and sexually assaulted her.
Carroll said he told two friends about the alleged attack, which took place some time later, but Trump did not report it to police, fearing retaliation from the wealthy and well-connected businessman. Decades later, Carroll went public with his story in a June 2019 New York magazine article, adapted from a new book, “What Do We Need Men for Man? A Minor Proposal.”
She said she was inspired to recall the incident by the #MeToo movement, which inspired women to share their experiences of sexual harassment and harassment. In photographs shot for that story, Kaplan, at the request of the magazine’s photography director, wore the same black Donna Karan dress she said she wore the day Trump allegedly assaulted her. Had.
When Carroll filed her case later in 2019, her lawyer, Kaplan, escorted a guard to retrieve the dress from her wardrobe for forensic testing. An analysis concludes that no semen was found on the dress, but DNA of an unknown male was detected on the shoulder and sleeve, according to a lab report dated January 8, 2020, which was reviewed by Reuters.
If the dress contained traces of Trump’s DNA, it would not prove his crime. According to two forensic experts not involved in the case, a match could be used as evidence that he was in contact with the costume and that he never met Carroll to ignore his claims.
Biochemist Monte Miller, a biochemist who runs a DNA analysis consultancy and previously worked at the Texas Department of Public Safety’s State Crime Laboratory, said, “There will be a debate on how their DNA moves on that dress.” “It’s up to lawyers and the courts and everyone else to argue about why it’s there and how it got there.”
Carroll said she believed the DNA on the dress belonged to Trump and she wanted her day in court. She said she now sleeps next to her bed with a gun because she has received death threats since publicly accusing Trump. “This defamation lawsuit is not about me,” said Carroll, who regularly meets with other women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct. It is about every woman “who cannot speak.”