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Trump liable for defamation in second Carroll case

When it comes to legal disputes between Donald Trump and E. Jean Carroll, the former president is enjoying an unbroken losing streak. As NBC News reported, the trend continued yesterday in federal court.

Writer E. Jean Carroll has already proven that Donald Trump defamed her, and an upcoming trial into his civil claims against the former president will focus solely on the damages he owes her, a judge ruled Wednesday. New York Federal. In a 25-page decision, U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan found the substance of Carroll’s libel claims to be the same as Trump’s slurs that a jury found to be libelous this year.

At this point, I imagine some readers are wondering, “Wait, hasn’t this happened before?” The answer is: “Not exactly”.

Three months ago, the writer won a civil lawsuit against the former president: A jury found the Republican liable for the sexual abuse of Carroll, and the jurors awarded the writer $5 million in damages and interests for his charges of assault and battery and defamation.

That case focused specifically on Carroll’s abuse allegations, as well as the argument that Trump defamed her in 2022 when he called her story a “hoax” and a “scam.”

There was, however, a parallel case in which the author took issue with remarks made by Trump during his presidency. In 2019, the Republican publicly accused Carroll of seeking financial rewards in response to an attack he said didn’t happen.

Kaplan issued a 25-page opinion concluding that the other case had already determined that Trump was liable for Carroll’s defamation. In other words, the question is not whether the former president defamed the writer; the question is how much he owes her for doing so.

“The truth or falsity of Mr. Trump’s 2019 statements therefore hinges – like the truth or falsity of his 2022 statement – ​​on whether Ms. Carroll lied about Mr. Trump’s sexual assault. The jury’s finding that she did not is therefore binding in this case and precludes Mr. Trump from challenging the falsity of his 2019 statements,” Kaplan wrote.

The next step is to determine the extent of the damage.

It should also be noted, for context, that Trump and his attorneys also filed counterclaims against Carroll in June, alleging She defamed him claiming the former president raped her even after a jury found him not responsible for the act. But that case was also unsuccessful: A federal judge ruled last month, “The finding that Ms. Carroll failed to prove that she was ‘raped’ within the meaning of New York’s criminal law York does not mean that she failed to prove that she was “raped” within the meaning of New York criminal law. to prove that Mr. Trump “raped” her, as many people commonly understand the word “rape.”

These developments follow the failure of the lawsuit filed by the Trump team against CNN. This follows a failed attempt to derail the election record in Fulton County, Georgia. It came months after the Trump team was sanctioned by a federal judge for filing a frivolous lawsuit.

In July, the former president peddled a curious boast via his social media platform. “These vicious Communists, Marxists, Fascists and radical left Democrats have attacked my lawyers on a level never seen before, and yet I continue to win,” the Republican said.

In reality, his losing streak is a sight to behold.

This article updates our related prior coverage.