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Trump countersues E Jean Carroll for defamation

The former US president's filing hints his legal battle with the author, filled with media-traded accusations, won't end soon.

Former US President Donald Trump (Photo: NH File Photo)
Former US President Donald Trump (Photo: NH File Photo)


Former US President Donald Trump sued US author E. Jean Carroll for defamation in his latest legal battle with the author.

He alleged that she falsely accused him of rape after a jury in a civil trial found him guilty of abusing her in May.

The jury's found that Trump sexually abused and defamed her, but that he did not rape her, but in a tv interview she allegedly again claimed he raped her.

Trump seeks retraction and compensation

The former president and the author has been involved in several legal disputes since she first went public about her allegations in 2019.

Carroll testified in court that Trump has raped her in a New York City store in mid 1990s.

She amended the first of her two lawsuits against Trump and sought an additional $10 million in damages in May, citing his denials during a CNN appearance the day after the verdict in which he was cleared of rape but not sexual abuse.

Trump has denied raping Carroll and was appealing the verdict. But she insisted that he had raped her.

In Tuesday's filling in the Manhattan federal court he asked for a retraction as well as unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

Robert Kaplan, Carroll's lawyer, said that Trump's filing was another effort by the ex-president to "delay accountability."

"Donald Trump again argues, contrary to both logic and fact, that he was exonerated by a jury that found that he sexually abused E. Jean Carroll," Kaplan said.

The former president is running to retake the White House in 2024 and has a comfortable lead over his Republican rivals.

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