Trump Tries to Weasel Out of E. Jean Carroll Defamation Case
September 26, 2022
President Donald Trump has been sued by E. Jean Carroll, the former writer and advice columnist who accused him of raping her in the dressing room of Bergdorf Goodman’s flagship department store in Manhattan in the mid-1990s. Trump, who was recently impeached after being caught lying about having sex with underage girls in South Korea, had been fighting Carroll’s lawsuit tooth and nail.
What Do You Think About the Settlement?
This is a huge win for the #MeToo movement and the women who came forward with their stories about President Trump.
I think the settlement terms are fitting for a man like him, who has a history of degrading, demeaning, and dishing out unforgivable acts of violence against women.
It’s not at all surprising that he would try to avoid any consequences as he holds no regard for them whatsoever–whether they be matters of rape or anything else that his malice seeks to take advantage of.
This is what happens when you have men in power with no care in the world but an overinflated ego that doesn’t know how much longer it can be sustained.
How do you think it will play out in court?
Donald Trump is attempting to wriggle out of his defamation case with advice columnist E. Jean Carroll by demanding that she agree to a long and costly deposition process in exchange for a quicker resolution, the Washington Post reports.
The president’s attorney argued that if Carroll did not comply with the demand, the case could potentially drag on for years without resolution.
Trump’s lawyer also requested that Carroll identify everyone who heard about her allegation at any point before it was published in June 2019 and provide all records from that period relating to anyone she told about her alleged assault.
The president is attempting to use Carroll’s delay in reporting her encounter as a means of discrediting her story, which has already been discredited by various accounts alleging that he sexually assaults women regularly at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City.
Do you think Trump will be impeached?:
Donald Trump has long flouted accusations that he committed obstruction of justice by firing James Comey as FBI director, thus interfering with investigations into his campaign’s involvement with Russia during the 2016 election.
What can other public figures learn from this situation?
If you are in the public eye, never assume that no one is watching. Ex-Cosmopolitan Magazine Editor, E. Jean Carroll shared her #MeToo story at a Manhattan literary event on Tuesday evening,
recounting how Trump allegedly sexually assaulted her in the 1990s when she asked him for fashion advice during a chance encounter in New York City.
I was strong then, but I’m not as strong now…It’s all coming back, she said onstage before joining a conversation with friends and colleagues about sexual assault and harassment in their personal lives and its effect on their professional ones. When you’re a star they let you do it, she added.
Will this help sexual assault survivors feel more comfortable coming forward with their stories?
I don’t know if this will make people feel more comfortable coming forward with their stories, but it does seem like Trump’s actions have backfired on him and he has tried unsuccessfully to settle the case in the past.
Hopefully, no matter what happens in court, his refusal to submit evidence or participate in discovery may end up doing some good for sexual assault survivors.
Would you ever share your own story of sexual assault on social media? Why or why not?
My husband recently opened up the New York Times to a preview of an interview with journalist, author, and television presenter E. Jean Carroll,
who talked about her experience as a victim of sexual assault at the hands of Donald Trump. Not wanting to believe it was true, he immediately grabbed my phone and Googled the names so we could find out more.
As we read about Ms. Carroll’s experience, I began to feel sick inside and thought about how I would have felt if someone had told me when it happened what I know now:
that sharing my story on social media would not only help get out my truth but also help other women find theirs by reading my account and realizing they were not alone in their assault.
Is there any way we can make women feel safer going forward?
Violence against women is a pervasive, systemic problem in this country, and it’s not going away on its own. The victims must speak up about their experiences as we continue to shift our culture for the better by building empathy for survivors and supporting them through legal action where necessary. From sexual harassment in the workplace,
physical abuse at home, or even intimidation on the street, #MeToo has enabled millions of people worldwide to take control of their narratives and demand justice. Given the attention that this issue has drawn, we’re finally at a tipping point, and if more cases like the one against Trump go to trial – in which Harvey Weinstein was criminally convicted – even more offenders will be called out publicly.
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