© Reuters. FILE PHOTO – U.S. President Donald Trump rape accuser E. Jean Carroll departs from her listening to at federal courtroom throughout the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) pandemic within the Manhattan borough of New York Metropolis, New York, U.S., October 21, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo A
By Jonathan Stempel
NEW YORK (Reuters) -A author who accused Donald Trump of raping her greater than a quarter-century in the past plans to file a brand new lawsuit in opposition to the previous U.S. president, whose lawyer known as the trouble “terribly prejudicial.”
In a letter made public on Tuesday, a lawyer for former Elle journal columnist E. Jean Carroll mentioned she plans to sue Trump for battery and intentional infliction of emotional misery below New York state’s Grownup Survivors Act.
That regulation, lately signed by Governor Kathy Hochul, offers grownup accusers a one-year window to carry civil claims over alleged sexual misconduct no matter how way back it occurred.
Trump has denied raping Carroll and accused her of concocting the rape declare to promote her ebook.
Carroll’s lawyer Roberta Kaplan mentioned her shopper plans to sue Trump on Nov. 24 when the state regulation takes impact, and that the claims and Carroll’s current defamation case in opposition to Trump may very well be tried collectively in February 2023.
Alina Habba, a lawyer for Trump, mentioned the previous president “adamantly” objected to combining each circumstances, which might happen after each side completed gathering proof for trial, and that it was “terribly prejudicial” so as to add the brand new claims.
“To allow plaintiff to drastically alter the scope and subject material of this case at such time would severely prejudice defendant’s rights,” Habba wrote. “Plaintiff’s request should be disregarded in its entirety.”
Kaplan’s letter is dated Aug. 8 and Habba’s is dated Aug. 11. They have been made public on Tuesday afternoon.
The case is Carroll v Trump, U.S. District Courtroom, Southern District of New York, No. 20-07311.