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Judge Won't Halt Trump Accuser's Lawsuit

E. Jean Carroll celebrates as NY judge rejects motion to dismiss
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2020 8:11 AM CST
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This June 23, 2019, file photo shows E. Jean Carroll in New York.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)

(Newser) – A judge has denied President Trump's motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit brought by writer and accuser E. Jean Carroll. The president's lawyers argued he couldn't be sued in New York because his denial of Carroll's claim that he raped her in a Manhattan department store in the 1990s came while he was in Washington. Yet "notably, there is not even a tweet, much less an affidavit by Trump in support of his motion," New York state Supreme Court Justice Doris Ling-Cohan wrote in a ruling made public Thursday, per CNN. She also denied Trump's request to avoid discovery in the case. "WE MOVE AHEAD!!" tweeted Carroll, who argues Trump's denials have damaged her career and reputation. Her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan, said the pair were "pleased" but "unsurprised that the Court refused to tolerate" this "latest attempt to avoid discovery."

"We look forward to moving ahead in this case and proving that Donald Trump lied when he told the world that he did not rape our client and had not even met her," Kaplan said. A photo actually shows the pair together in the 1980s, per the New York Times. The suit claims Trump "accused Carroll of lying about the rape in order to increase book sales, carry out a political agenda, advance a conspiracy with the Democratic Party, and make money," per the Hill. It notes "he also deliberately implied that she had falsely accused other men of rape." Trump faces another defamation case in New York, this one brought by former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos, who says Trump kissed and groped her at his New York office and a California hotel more than a decade ago, per the Times. The president claims protection under the Constitution in that case. (Read more President Trump stories.)

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