Federal courts ruled in favor of former President Donald Trump in a defamation lawsuit filed by a woman who claimed Trump assaulted her in the 1990s.
The Hill reported on Tuesday that a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York found that E. Jean Carroll could not sue Trump personally for any defamatory remarks he made about her while he was president.
Carroll, a former advice columnist and novelist, originally sued Trump in November 2019, according to Reuters.
Her initial complaint was published in a book extract six months before. Carroll alleged in June 2019 that the real estate magnate raped her in a dressing room at the Bergdorf Goodman shop in Manhattan in 1995 or 1996, after she agreed to model lingerie for him.
When these allegations surfaced, Trump vehemently rejected them and stated that woman was “totally lying.”
“I have no idea who this woman is. This is a woman who has also accused other men of things, as you know. It is a totally false accusation. I think she was married — as I read; I have no idea who she is — but she was married to a, actually, nice guy, Johnson — a newscaster,” Trump told reporters on June 22, 2019, according to a White House transcript.
In 1990, Carroll divorced New York anchorman John Johnson, according the Lower Hudson Valley Journal News.
Trump revisited her charges in an interview with The Hill two days after his first comments.
“I’ll say it with great respect: Number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened. It never happened, OK?” the then-president said.
On November 4, 2019, Carroll filed a lawsuit against Trump, alleging that his “false and defamatory assertions” caused her “reputational, emotional, and professional injury.”
Tuesday, a panel of the 2nd Circuit Court found that a previous court erred in determining that Carroll could sue Trump personally.
“When an employee of the federal government is sued for tortious conduct that happens on the job, the employee is generally entitled to absolute immunity from personal liability under the Federal Employees Liability Reform and Tort Compensation Act of 1988 (the ‘Westfall Act’),” Judge Guido Calabresi wrote.
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Calabresi made it clear the ruling was not addressing the veracity of Carroll’s claims or whether Trump’s statements were defamatory.
It was simply a ruling on the issue of Trump’s “employment” in the government and the immunity connected to that status. CONTINUE READING…