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    Trump Takes Legal Action Against Accuser E. Jean Carroll Over What She Said on CNN

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    Former President Donald Trump has filed a counterclaim against author E. Jean Carroll, alleging that she defamed him in comments made after Trump’s civil trial victory last month.

    Carroll claims Trump sexually assaulted her in a New York City department store in the 1990s. Former President Bush has categorically denied it.

    In May, a jury found Trump responsible for sexual misconduct and defamation and awarded $5 million to Carroll. The court did not find him guilty of rape.

    Despite the jury’s verdict, the former president filed a counterclaim on Tuesday, claiming Carroll is culpable of defamation for continuing to say he raped her.

    Carroll II is referenced in the counterclaim because Carroll has two additional lawsuits pending against Trump. According to The Hill, the first case is scheduled for trial in 2019.

    Carroll is referred to in the suit as “Counterclaim Defendant,” Trump is the “Counterclaimant.”

    In Trump’s counterclaim, it was stated that in a CNN interview, Carroll “was specifically asked about the unanimous jury’s finding that Defendant was not liable for rape in Carroll II.”

    “In response to that specific inquiry, Counterclaim Defendant disregarded the jury’s finding that Counterclaimant did not rape her, and replied: ‘oh yes he did, oh yes he did,’” the filing said.

    In the counterclaim, Carroll is also accused of confronting Trump’s attorney and stating, “He did it and you know it.”

    “ Counterclaim Defendant made these statements knowing each of them were false or with reckless disregard for their truth or falsity,” the counterclaim said.

    “Counterclaim Defendant made these false statements with actual malice and ill will with an intent to significantly and spitefully harm and attack Counterclaimant’s reputation, as these false statements were clearly contrary to the jury verdict in Carroll II whereby Counterclaimant was found not liable for rape by the jury,” it said.

    According to the counterclaim, Carroll’s statements “constitute per se defamation, as Counterclaim Defendant accused Counterclaimant of rape, which was manifestly not committed according to the Carroll II jury verdict.”

    “Due to Counterclaim Defendant’s repeated falsehoods and defamatory statements made against the Counterclaimant, Counterclaimant has been the subject of significant harm to his reputation, which, in turn, has yielded an inordinate amount of damages sustained as a result,” the filing said.

    In the case in which the counterclaim was filed, the counterclaim demanded Carroll retract her statements and denied her the $10 million she is pursuing from Trump.

    Following remarks Trump made on CNN the day after the verdict against him in which he labeled her a “whack job” during a town hall, she increased her complaint by $10 million.

    More on this story via The Western Journal:

    “I have no idea who the hell she is. I don’t know who this woman is. … She’s a whack job,” he said. CONTINUE READING…

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