Columnist seeks $10M from Trump for post-verdict remarks
By Larry Neumeister | Related Press
NEW YORK — E. Jean Carroll, the columnist who gained a $5 million sexual abuse and defamation award in opposition to former President Donald Trump, is looking for not less than $10 million extra in a brand new courtroom submitting Monday that seeks to carry him chargeable for remarks he made after the decision.
An amended lawsuit looking for the $10 million in compensatory damages — and extra in punitive damages — was filed in Manhattan by legal professionals for Carroll, who say remarks by Trump in response to her rape allegations so spoiled her repute that she misplaced her longtime job as an Elle journal recommendation columnist.
They mentioned within the rewritten lawsuit that he “doubled down” on derogatory remarks about Carroll at a cable tv look a day after the decision.
“Trump’s defamatory statements post-verdict present the depth of his malice towards Carroll since it’s exhausting to think about defamatory conduct that might presumably be extra motivated by hatred, ailing will, or spite,” the legal professionals wrote. “This conduct helps a really substantial punitive damages award in Carroll’s favor each to punish Trump, to discourage him from participating in additional defamation, and to discourage others from doing the identical.”
A nine-person jury two weeks in the past determined Trump had sexually abused Carroll at an upscale Manhattan division retailer in early spring 1996.
Carroll, who testified in the course of the trial, first revealed in a 2019 e-book her claims that Trump raped her in a dressing room. The jury determined Carroll hadn’t proved she had been raped, however discovered that Trump had sexually abused her.
Joe Tacopina, a Trump lawyer, declined to touch upon the brand new claims.
The legal professionals filed the brand new claims in amending a defamation lawsuit that was placed on maintain as an appeals courtroom was deciding whether or not Trump may very well be held chargeable for remarks he made in 2019 whereas he was nonetheless president. The U.S. Justice Division has supported his legal professionals’ claims that the USA must be substituted because the defendant.
Within the new declare, Carroll’s legal professionals mentioned Trump, “undeterred by the jury’s verdict, persevered in maliciously defaming Carroll but once more” the subsequent day throughout a “city corridor” occasion hosted by CNN.
“He doubled down on his prior defamatory statements, asserting to an viewers all too able to cheer him on that ‘I by no means met this lady. I by no means noticed this lady,’ that he didn’t sexually assault Carroll, and that her account — which had simply been validated by a jury of Trump’s friends in the future earlier than — was a ‘pretend,’ ‘made up story’ invented by a ‘whack job.’ These statements resulted in enthusiastic cheers and applause from the viewers on dwell TV,” the legal professionals wrote.