Journalist E. Jean Carrollwho has publicly accused the former president donald trump raping her almost 30 years ago, he filed a civil complaint in a New York court, taking advantage of that state’s Adult Survivors Law, which will allow for one year to report rape and other sexual assaults -which usually prescribe in 5 years – suffered by people over 18 years of age, regardless of the time elapsed.
Through that law, which came into force this Thursday, The author asks to submit the ex-president to a jury trial for a crime of injuries related to a “rape and touching by force”and requests that you compensate him for the damages in an undetermined amount.
Carroll, 78, is already engaged in a defamation legal battle against Trump, 76, after he denied raping her and made “false accusations” and comments about her, some about her appearance, first when she posted her account in a book and in a magazine article, in 2019, and again this year.
The new complaint includes that crime of defamation and requests that Trump retract.
Dearest friends, tonight, a few minutes after midnight, we filed the rape suit against the former president.
I give thanks to the greatest civil rights attorneys in the nation:
Robby Kaplan! Matt Craig! Joshua Matz! Shawn Crowley! Rachel Tuchman!https://t.co/BXrQIXDvmy
— E. Jean Carroll (@ejeancarroll) November 24, 2022
On her Twitter account, the author linked to the new lawsuit and stated that her action might “ruined the ex-president’s Thanksgivingbut it will be nourishing for every woman who has been grabbed, groped, harassed, pinched, pushed, assaulted, smeared or dragged through the mud by a powerful man.
“Some 27 years ago, playful banter at the Bergdorf Goodman luxury department store on Fifth Avenue in New York took a dark turn, when the defendant Donald J. Trump intercepted whistleblower E. Jean Carroll, forced her against a fitting room wall, locked her in place with his shoulder, and raped her”, the document begins.
The complaint details the story of the writer, who was 52 years old at the time of the alleged rape, and how she later told two friends who were journalists, blamed herself for what happened, decided not to go to the police for fear of power of the tycoon and social rejection for being a “victim”, and remained silent until the Me Too movement broke out.
Likewise, he reveals that he thought of accusing Trump in 2016, when he saw that other women denounced similar acts by the then candidate for the White Housebut he did not do it out of respect for his mother, a Republican politician who had months to live, and the possibility that his story favored an image of “macho” among his followers.
The document highlights that Carroll has suffered as a consequence lasting psychological and economic damage, including a “loss of dignity and self-esteem”, she has not been able to have a romantic relationship “since the day Trump raped her”, she has not “had sex with anyone since that period” and she has found it difficult to “trust the men”. (YO)