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RELENTLESS: Federal judge accepts E. Jean Carroll’s defamation and rape lawsuits against Trump

RELENTLESS: Federal judge accepts E. Jean Carroll’s defamation and rape lawsuits against Trump

CARROLL SCORES: Judge orders unsealing of Trump deposition in sexual assault case

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The recently implemented Adult Survivors Act in New York State gives sexual assault victims a one-year window to sue their alleged abusers, even if the abuse occurred long ago and the statutes of limitations have expired.

And as the state prepared for an influx of lawsuits, Donald Trump’s most prominent rape accuser became the first person to avail themselves of the new law literally the moment it went into effect last week.

END IN SIGHT: E. Jean Carroll just found a new way to bring Donald Trump to justice

E. Jean Carroll, the former Elle Magazine advice columnist and current author/podcaster/all-around badass Shero, has never changed her story about encountering Trump at Bergdorf Goodman’s in Manhattan in the late 90s, where she alleges he raped her in a dressing room.

Naturally, Trump has repeatedly denied raping Carroll or knowing her at the time, despite photos of Trump with Carroll at a party with her then-husband, New York TV reporter John Johnson.

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The short-fingered vulgarian also used the misogynistic “she’s not my type” excuse and hid behind the protections of his former office.

“Not his type”

Law and Crime’s Adam Klasfeld reported last week that the lawsuit alleges Trump’s conduct meets the standard of six crimes under New York’s penal code, including rape in the first degree, rape in the third degree, sexual abuse in the first degree, sexual abuse in the third degree, sexual misconduct, and forcible touching.

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Trump’s first denial in June 2019 prompted Carroll to sue him for defamation five months later.

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After Trump repeated the denial in an October 12th post on his Truth Social account, calling Carroll’s claim a “hoax” and “lie,” Carroll decided to file both the new defamation claim — as well as the newly available rape suit — on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, which was the first day that accusers could sue.

Roberta Kaplan, Carroll’s lawyer, writes in the new lawsuit that her client’s residual trauma from her assault has impacted her both professionally and personally:

“As a result of the pain and suffering caused by Trump’s sexual assault, Carroll has not been able to sustain a romantic relationship since the day Trump raped her,” her lawyer Roberta Kaplan wrote in the lawsuit. “Nor has she engaged in sex with anyone since that time. Carroll has had difficulty trusting men and cannot maintain an intimate relationship. In Carroll’s own words the ‘music had stopped’ and the ‘light had gone out’ after Trump attacked her at Bergdorf’s.”

Carroll has also produced the dress she was wearing during the alleged rape which had Trump’s DNA on it, but his legal team has thus far refused to comply with a judge’s orders that he take a DNA test to confirm Carroll’s claims.

But her pal and fellow Shero Mary Trump helped out with that little technicality.

On Tuesday, Judge Lewis Kaplan — no relation to Carroll’s lawyer — accepted the suit’s proposed trial date of April 2023.

E. Jean has been sharing her struggle on Twitter and has gained some major support, including from yours truly.

Team E. Jean showed their loyalty to the woman who might actually bring down Trump before anyone else can.

Tara Dublin is a woefully underappreciated and unrepresented writer currently shopping a super cool novel that has nothing to do with politics while also fighting fascism on the daily.

Follow her on Twitter @taradublinrocks.

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Tara is a reported opinion columnist at Occupy Democrats. She's a woefully underappreciated and unrepresented writer currently shopping for a super cool novel that has nothing to do with politics while also fighting fascism on a daily. Follow her on Twitter @taradublinrocks

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