Author E Jean Carroll has filed a new lawsuit accusing Donald Trump of raping her in the late 1990s, taking advantage of a new state law that gives victims of sexual abuse a chance to file a claim after the statute of limitations has expired.
Ms Carroll is already suing Mr Trump for defamation over his earlier claims that he lied about his allegation, but her new case points to more accusations he made recently in social media posts calling her a “fraud”.
The former president has long denied all charges against him and has fought for years to keep Ms. Carroll’s case out of court.
Ms. Carroll alleges that Trump raped her when the two met at Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, where she claims he pushed her against a wall, pulled her tights off, and threw himself on top of her.
The lawsuit was filed under the New York Survivors Act, which goes into effect today. It gives surviving adults a one-year window starting now to file complaints against those they believe abused or sue institutions such as hospitals if abused in their care.
This week, a judge warned Mr Trump’s team that they needed to get organized ahead of the lawsuit, which Ms Carroll’s representatives first announced last week. “Your client knew this was coming for months,” said the judge, “and it would be good if he decided who represents him in it.”
When the details of Ms Carroll’s latest case first became clear, Mr Trump’s lawyer, Alina Habba, described it as “totally inappropriate” and said the filing would be challenged in court.
The original defamation lawsuit filed by Ms. Carroll is still pending. Because Mr. Trump made the statements he is suing him for during his presidency, he argued for years that he could not be sued for them, but failed to delay the testimony requested by Ms. Carroll’s team, which eventually interviewed him in October this year – about three years after the lawsuit was filed.