JUST IN: Donald Trump Slammed with New E Jean Carroll Lawsuit After CNN Town Hall Insults
Former President Donald Trump is about to experience some serious Deja-vu after writer E Jean Carroll has filed another lawsuit
Former President Donald Trump is about to experience some serious Deja-vu after writer E Jean Carroll has filed another lawsuit against the business mogul.
On Monday, Carroll filed court papers seeking “very substantial” monetary damages from Trump after he made numerous insulting comments about her during a CNN Town Hall earlier this month.
The comments came just days after a judge ordered Trump to pay $5 million in damages to Carroll.
The original case centers on a rape Carroll says occurred in a New York Bergdorf Goodman in 1996. According to Carroll, Trump corralled her in a dressing room and assaulted her. Then, Carroll says, Trump defamed her when he was later denying the assault.
A jury agreed and found Trump liable for battery and defamation, and awarded Carroll $5M – which should have been enough to deter him from ever going after her again.
But Trump, who of course considers himself infallible, didn’t learn his lesson the first time.
Now, he stands to lose a whole lot more.
During the Town Hall, Trump said of Carroll that her claim of rape was “fake” and a “made-up story.”
The New York Times reports, “On May 10, Mr. Trump, who is seeking to regain the presidency, went on CNN and echoed his earlier denials about the episode, calling her account ‘fake’ and a ‘made-up story.’ Despite a photograph showing them together, he claimed again that he had never met Ms. Carroll, 79, called her a ‘wack job’ and said the recent civil trial was ‘a rigged deal.’
The court filing on Monday argues Mr. Trump’s defamatory statements following the May 9 verdict ‘show the depth of his malice toward Carroll, since it is hard to imagine defamatory conduct that could possibly be more motivated by hatred, ill will or spite.’
‘This conduct supports a very substantial punitive damages award in Carroll’s favor both to punish Trump, to deter him from engaging in further defamation, and to deter others from doing the same,’ the filing says.
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Mr. Trump continues to fight the jury’s decision. After the verdict, his lawyer Joseph Tacopina filed a notice of appeal.
Ms. Carroll’s lawyer, Ms. Kaplan, said in a brief interview Monday that Mr. Trump’s statements on CNN — ‘literally the day after the verdict’ — made it all the more important for Ms. Carroll to pursue the pending defamation lawsuit.
‘It makes a mockery of the jury verdict and our justice system if he can just keep on repeating the same defamatory statements over and over again,’ Ms. Kaplan said.”
If the lawsuit proceeds, Trump could find himself owing a lot more than $5M – and even having stipulations placed around his behavior in the future.