E. Jean Carroll seeks to amend another Trump lawsuit over reaction to battery verdict
A New York jury had found the former president responsible for abusing Carroll.
Former President Donald Trump’s words about writer E. Jean Carroll may, once again, come back to haunt him.
Carroll’s attorneys sought on Monday to amend his original libel lawsuit against Trump, filed in 2019, to take into account allegedly defamatory statements he made about him after a jury found him liable for assault and battery. and defamation in a second lawsuit the former Elle magazine columnist filed against him last November.
There was no immediate response from Trump or his lawyers.
Carroll’s first trial has been tied to legal details, and in the new court filing, his lawyers asked a judge’s permission to include Trump’s words after the May 9 verdict against him.
“Immediately after the announcement of the verdict, Trump began to react. He began by posting various messages and videos on his Truth Social account decrying the verdict and disparaging Carroll, the jury and the justice system in general,” the lawyers wrote. by Carroll. .
They wrote that “just minutes after the verdict became public, Trump repeated the defamatory lie that he had no idea who Carroll was and again claimed that his sexual assault accusation was politically motivated: “I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA WHO THIS WOMAN IS. THE VERDICT IS A SHAME – A CONTINUATION OF THE GREATEST WITCH HUNT OF ALL TIME!”
Carroll is seeking additional punitive damages if his first action ultimately proceeds and succeeds.
Earlier this month, Trump signaled his intention to appeal the verdict in Carroll’s libel and battery lawsuit.
A jury in that case ordered him to pay Carroll $5 million in damages.
She said in her drum suit that Trump defamed her in a 2022 Truth Social article by calling her account a “hoax and a lie” and saying “That woman is not my type!” when he denied raping her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the 1990s.
Trump has been accused of sexual misconduct by approximately two dozen women and has denied all such allegations. Carroll was the first to do so in front of a jury.
She testified; he refused to do so.