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E. Jean Carroll files fresh lawsuit against Trump on heels of new state law

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E. Jean Carroll, who has accused former President Donald Trump of raping her in the mid-1990s, filed a fresh lawsuit Thursday as a law temporarily lifting the state’s deadlines for suing over sexual assault went into effect.

Carroll “intends to hold Donald Trump accountable not only for defaming her but also for sexually assaulting her," her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan, said.

“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,” she added.

Trump has vehemently denied the accusations, saying Carroll concocted the story in order to sell her book, in which she first publicly made the claims.

In her new filing, Carroll maintained that Trump committed battery “when he forcibly raped and groped her” and said the former president also defamed her when he denied those allegations.

Attorney Michael Madaio, who is representing Trump, said at a court hearing that the new allegations are different than the original defamation lawsuit, according to the Associated Press. Madaio said the new filing would require "an entirely new set" of evidence gathering.

Trump and Carroll have already been deposed.

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The former Elle columnist has been unable to pursue legal action against Trump due to the statute of limitations, but the Adult Survivors Act, signed into law by New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D), gives her an opening.

The new law allows New Yorkers over the age of 18 to sue those they allege sexually assaulted them, regardless of the statute of limitations.

However, the law will only be in place for one year upon taking effect.

Carroll claims that she ran into Trump at the Bergdorf Goodman store in New York City in 1995 or 1996, at which point the two started discussing lingerie. After going to the dressing room, she says Trump pinned her against the wall and raped her and that she eventually fought him off and ran away. She claims the incident in the dressing room lasted around three minutes and that she was afraid to come forward earlier.

In response to the allegations, Trump told the Hill that she was "totally lying."

“I’ll say it with great respect: Number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened. It never happened, OK?” he said in 2019. “Totally lying. I don’t know anything about her. I know nothing about this woman. I know nothing about her. She is — it’s just a terrible thing that people can make statements like that.”

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Trump also dismissed a photo that showed the two at a party years before, telling reporters, "Standing with coat on in a line — give me a break — with my back to the camera. I have no idea who she is," according to Axios.

Carroll has courted controversy over the major allegations previously during a string of "outlandish" TV interviews.

"I think most people think of rape as being sexy," she said to CNN host Anderson Cooper in an interview, resulting in an awkward period of silence before he tried to cut to a commercial break.

"Think of the fantasies," she added.

 

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