Minutes after a law intended to improve penalties for sexual assault in the US came into effect, author E. Jean Carroll filed another lawsuit against former US President Donald Trump in New York on Thursday. The columnist accuses him of raping her in a luxury department store in the 1990s.
The new state-level law allows victims of sexual assault to file sexual assault lawsuits and file civil claims decades later. Even if the law has already expired. The journalist’s legal representative submitted the documents electronically to the court. Carroll is seeking undisclosed damages and fines.
vdressing room rape?
The 78-year-old accused Trump of raping her more than two decades ago in the dressing room of a New York department store. The assault took place in 1995 or 1996, Carroll writes in her book, published in June 2019, from which New York Magazine published excerpts at the time.
She also sued Trump for defamation a few months later to defend herself against his accusation that she fabricated the allegations. Trump accused a well-known columnist of lying after the rape allegations came out and claimed in an interview that she didn’t know Carroll at all. “She’s not my type,” he added at the time.
So far, “Elle” columnist Carroll has been unable to prosecute the ex-president on the rape charge because too many years have passed since the alleged sexual assault she alleged.