The writer who accused former President Donald Trump of rape is making a second accusation against him minutes after a new New York state law that allows victims of sexual assault to sue over assault decades ago took effect. filed a lawsuit for Gene Carroll’s complaint, filed in federal court in New York City, accuses Trump of assault and defamation “when he violently raped and caressed her,” and filed an October 2008 lawsuit on his Truth Social platform. He denied the rape allegations, citing the post. Carroll is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages for pain and suffering, mental harm, loss of dignity, and damage to reputation. A longtime Elle magazine columnist, Carroll first filed the sexual assault allegations in a 2019 book, saying Trump raped her in 1995 or 1996 in the dressing room of an upscale department store in Manhattan.
She filed a battery lawsuit under New York’s Adult Survivor Act. This new law gives victims of sexual assault a year to sue someone they suspect of abuse. Carroll is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages for pain and suffering, mental harm, loss of dignity, and damage to reputation. Carroll, a longtime Elle magazine columnist, first sexually assaulted her in her 2019 book, saying Trump raped her in the changing room of an upscale Manhattan department store in 1995 or 1996. filed an assault allegation. She filed a battery lawsuit under New York’s Adult Survivor Act. This is a new law that gives a sexual assault victim her one-year grace period to sue an alleged abuser Judge Louis A. Kaplan, who presides over the defamation lawsuit Carroll filed three years before her, may decide to include the new allegations in the trial, which is scheduled to take place in the spring. The first lawsuit was scheduled before Kaplan in Manhattan on February 6, 2023, but could be delayed due to appeals proceedings. At Tuesday’s hearing, Carroll’s attorney, Roberta Kaplan, called for an April 10 trial covering both claims, saying they overlap significantly.
Trump’s attorney, Alina Habba, filed for trial on May 8 in only the first case. She also told the judge that the longer delay made sense because Trump didn’t hire an attorney in the second lawsuit. But new New York law gives a sex crime victim a second chance to file a lawsuit if she misses the deadline associated with the statute of limitations. A window for such cases will be open for one year, after which the usual deadlines will be reintroduced. At least hundreds of lawsuits are expected, including from women who allege they were assaulted by colleagues, prison guards, health care providers, and others.