Carroll Wants Trump to Pay for Attack in CNN Town Hall

Writer had called comments during program 'disgusting, vile'
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2023 7:15 PM CDT
Updated May 22, 2023 6:40 PM CDT
Carroll Considers Suing Again as Trump Files Notice to Appeal
Joe Tacopina, Donald Trump's lawyer, speaks to reporters Tuesday as he leaves federal court in New York.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
UPDATE May 22, 2023 6:40 PM CDT

E. Jean Carroll told a court Monday she'll be seeking more in damages after Donald Trump called her a "whack job" and her accusation that he sexually abused her "fake"—a day after a jury found the former president liable for defaming her by saying the same things. Trump made the accusations during a CNN town hall, during which he repeated "many of the same defamatory statements for which the jury had just found him liable the day before," the filing says, NBC News reports. Carroll's lawyer asked the court to add the new complaint to the original defamation lawsuit, which is still pending. "Ms. Carroll's eleventh hour attempt to amend her complaint exposes the true motivation behind her numerous lawsuits," Trump lawyer Alina Habba said Monday.

May 11, 2023 7:15 PM CDT

A day after Donald Trump slammed the judge who presided over the Manhattan civil trial in which the former president was found liable for sexual assault and defamation, his lawyer filed official notice that he's appealing the verdict. Attorney Joe Tacopina wrote in the filing posted with the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday that Trump is appealing the amount of the $5 million award, as well as "all adverse orders, rulings, decrees, decisions, opinions, memoranda, conclusions or findings" made by US District Judge Lewis Kaplan. On his Truth Social site, Trump had called Kaplan a "Clinton appointed Judge," a "terrible person," and "completely biased," NBC News reports. Tacopina said outside court after the verdict was read that Trump would appeal.

Also on Thursday, a lawyer for E. Jean Carroll, who brought the case, said she's thinking about suing Trump again in light of the things he said about her during a CNN town hall this week. In that appearance, Trump again said Carroll's accusation that he sexually assaulted her was "fake" and a "made-up story," despite the jury's finding. He also said the trial was rigged. Carroll didn't see the program, said her lawyer, Roberta A. Kaplan, but had a response after reading the first paragraph of the transcript. "It's just stupid, it's just disgusting, vile, foul, it wounds people," Carroll told the New York Times. She added that she's been "insulted by better people." (More Donald Trump stories.)

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