A one-year window in which victims of sex crimes can sue their abusers even after the statute of limitations has expired opened in New York on Thursday. The new lawsuit was filed soon after.
It is 78-year-old E. Jean Carroll, former TV host and journalist for Elle and Playboy, who accuses Trump of raping her in a fitting room in a clothing store in the 1990s, which Trump denies.
She filed a civil suit against Trump for defamation in 2019 over statements he made when he denied wrongdoing.
Here she maintains that the fact that he denies having done anything and that he calls her credibility into question has ruined her reputation. That case is still ongoing, and both Carroll and Trump testified in New York in October.
In the new lawsuit, Trump is accused of assault when he “forcibly raped and molested” her. In addition, he is accused of libel in a post on social media in October this year, in which Trump denies having raped her.
The first lawsuit is due to go to trial at the beginning of 2023. The judge in the case can choose to include the new lawsuit in the ongoing case.
Carroll’s accusation first came in a book in 2019. Trump has said she is “not his type” and that she is lying.
Lawyer Alina Habba, who represents Trump in the latest lawsuit, says she respects and admires those who come forward after the new law came into force.
– But “this case is unfortunately an abuse of the law that sets a terrible precedent, and is in danger of weakening the credibility of actual victims”, she writes in an email to the AFP news agency.
Carroll says in the new lawsuit that she did not come forward with the case until 2019 because she feared retaliation, but that she changed her mind after the metoo movement in 2017.