Trump To Appeal $5m Judgment  As  E. Jean Carroll Consider Suing Ex-President Again


LAGOS MAY 12TH (NEWSRANGERS)-Former President Donald Trump on Thursday formally signaled he would appeal the $5 million judgement against him in E. Jean Carroll’s lawsuit — as the writer’s attorneys said she’s thinking of suing him again.

Trump, 76, was found liable of sexual abuse and defamation against Carroll, 79, by a Manhattan federal jury for allegedly assaulting her in a Bergdorf Goodman fitting room in 1996 and then for his public statements denying and calling her claims a “hoax.”

During a town hall on CNN on Wednesday Trump called Carroll a “wack job” and said her case was “a rigged deal.”

The comments followed Carroll’s win in her case on Tuesday including on a claim that Trump smeared her name when with a lengthy Oct. 12, 2022 post on his social media platform Truth Social calling her accusations “a complete con job.”

Carroll is now considering filing a third defamation case against Trump over his town hall comments, according to a report by the New York Times.

“It’s just stupid, it’s just disgusting, vile, foul, it wounds people,” Carroll told the Times Thursday.

Her lawyer Roberta Kaplan said they hadn’t decided yet whether or not to bring additional litigation.

“Everything’s on the table, obviously, and we have to give serious consideration to it,” Kaplan told the newspaper.

“We have to weigh the various pros and cons and we’ll come to a decision in the next day or so, probably.”

Kaplan didn’t return The Post’s request for comment Thursday.

The “Ask E. Jean” advice columnist has a 2019 defamation case still pending against the 45th president over his comments about her from that year denying having ever met her and calling her a liar. Trump has maintained that he had immunity since the comments were made while he was president.

Carroll came forward with her claims in June of that year when New York Magazine published an excerpt of her book laying out her account of what happened.

Donald Trump – E. Jean Carroll case verdict

LIABLE: Sexually abusing Carroll in a Bergdorf Goodman fitting room in 1996.

Damages: $2.02 million

LIABLE: Defaming Carroll with an Oct. 12, 2022, Truth Social post calling her claims a “hoax.”

Damages: $2.98 million

NOT LIABLE: Allegedly raping Carroll in the same alleged 1996 fitting room incident.

No damages

At trial, Carroll said that Trump’s comments cost her long-time job at Elle magazine, the millions of readers of her column and her journalistic reputation.

She told the jury that she brought the case in an attempt to restore her name.

As to the appeal, Trump lawyer Joe Tacopina told The Post Thursday: “Judge [Lewis] Kaplan has been overturned once already in Carroll v. Trump” — referring to the pending defamation case in which the judge’s ruling that Trump didn’t have immunity was overturned.

“We are confident it will be twice after this appeal is heard,” Tacopina said. “But what can’t be appealed and won’t be changed is the fact that this was a rape claim from day one and the jury rejected the rape claim even under the lowest standard allowable by law, preponderance of the evidence (or 51%) standard.”

After the verdict Tuesday, Tacopina told reporters that Trump doesn’t believe he can get a fair jury in New York.

Tacopina also unsuccessfully made a motion for mistrial citing “pervasive unfair and prejudicial rulings” by the judge. He claimed that he wasn’t being given enough leeway to cross-examine witnesses and that the judge had “mischaracterized the facts of the case to the jury.”

“Here, despite the fact trial testimony has been underway for only two days, the proceedings are already replete with numerous examples of Defendant’s unfair treatment by the Court, most of which has been witnessed by the Jury,” the lawyer wrote at the time. Judge Kaplan denied the mistrial motion the same day it was made.

New York Post

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