A longtime Elle magazine advice columnist could proceed with her suit accusing U.S. President Trump of defamation of denying he raped her approximately 24 years ago in a Manhattan department store, a New York state judge has ruled.
In a choice this week, Justice Doris Ling-Cohan of the state supreme court in Manhattan stated Trump failed to prove that the judge lacked jurisdiction to hear plaintiff E. Jean Carroll’s claims, or that Carroll’s efforts to gather proof ought to be quickly put on hold.
They had stated Trump made allegedly defamatory statements in Washington, D.C., his residence since assuming office in January 2017, and subsequently couldn’t be sued in New York.
Roberta Kaplan, a lawyer for Carroll, mentioned in a statement on Thursday: “We look forward to transferring forward in this suit and proving that Donald Trump lied when he told the world that he didn’t rape our client and had not even met her.”
Carroll went public last June with her account of the alleged rape in a dressing room at Bergdorf Goodman, which she stated occurred between the fall of 1995 and the spring of 1996.
Carroll sued over statements Trump made after her account was published, adding that she was “totally lying” as part of an attempt to boost book sales.
Trump has denied accusations by over a dozen girls that he made unwanted sexual advances towards them before entering politics.
One of those women, Summer Zervos, a former contestant on Trump’s reality tv show “The Apprentice,” is also suing him for slander.