Famed Writer Who Accused Trump Of Rape Sues POTUS For Defamation

WARWICK, NEW YORK - JUNE 21,2019: E. Jean Carroll at her home in Warwick, NY. (Photo by Eva Deitch for The Washington Post)
WARWICK, NEW YORK - JUNE 21,2019: E. Jean Carroll at her home in Warwick, NY. (Photo by Eva Deitch for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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The longtime New York writer and women’s advice columnist who this summer accused President Trump of raping her two decades ago, sued the President on Monday for defamation.

E. Jean Carroll outlined her allegations of sexual assault against Trump in the lawsuit in the same way she wrote about the incident in an excerpt of her memoir that became public this summer. Carroll alleges that in 1995 or 1996 she ran into Trump in the Bergdorf Goodman store. The two talked and shopped together until Trump allegedly cornered her in a dressing room, allegedly knocking her head against a wall, pulling off her tights and penetrating her either partially or fully until she was able to escape.

After Carroll’s accusations — which she relayed to at least two people at the time of the alleged attack — became public this summer, Trump repeatedly attacked the writer on Twitter, most notably insulting Carroll’s physical appearance and suggesting she made up the allegations to increase book sales.

Her lawsuit outlines three instances in which Trump denied the allegations and made insulting or defamatory remarks about Carroll. In asking for unspecified compensatory damages, Carroll argues that Trump’s attacks harmed her reputation and caused her to lose readers of her advice column.

“Nobody in this nation is above the law,” the lawsuit says. “Nobody is entitled to conceal acts of sexual assault behind a wall of defamatory falsehoods and deflections. The rape of a woman is a violent crime; compounding that crime with acts of malicious libel is abhorrent. Yet that is what defendant Donald J. Trump did to plaintiff E. Jean Carroll.”

The White House responded to the suit by telling the Washington Post, which was first to report on the suit, that Carroll likely didn’t make enough money selling her book, so she’s decided to sue Trump to make up for it.

“Let me get this straight – Ms. Carroll is suing the President for defending himself against false allegations?” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham told the Post on Monday. “I guess since the book did not make any money she’s trying to get paid another way. The story she used to try and sell her trash book never happened, period. Her version of events is not even feasible if you’ve ever tried on clothing in a dressing room of a crowded department store. The lawsuit is frivolous and the story is a fraud – just like the author.”

Carroll’s lawyers did not immediately return TPM’s request for comment.

Read the full lawsuit below:

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  1. Grisham’s comment is deplorable. Might be more evidence for the case, frankly.

  2. Damn, Grisham starts hitting the bottle early in the day…

  3. Galatians 6:7 "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap."

  4. Worth noting that her lead attorney is Roberta Kaplan, who is well-known and very good at this sort of claim.

    That said, Ms. Carroll has an uphill battle simply because she is a public figure. It’s highly unlikely that she has any measurable damages that she can recover. The discovery will be a lot of fun, if she can get to it.

  5. Just to keep everything in perspective, today is only Monday. Pace yourself, kids.

    ETA For those keeping track at home, this is Day 5 of Infrastructure Week #197.

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