Former US President Donald Trump is appealing against a $5m award to a woman who a jury found sexually abused him.
Former US President Donald Trump is appealing a New York jury’s verdict that awarded $5m to a magazine columnist after jurors concluded that Trump abused him in the 1990s and defamed him in October.
A notice of appeal was filed Thursday in Manhattan federal court, the first step in a process that will move the civil suit filed against Trump by writer E Jean Carroll to a three-judge panel. panel of the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals.
The notice was signed by Trump’s lawyer Joe Tacopina, who said after Tuesday’s ruling that he believed there were strong grounds for an appeal.
The nine-person jury concluded after less than three hours of deliberations that Carroll failed to prove that it was probable that Trump raped her in the dressing room of a Bergdorf Goodman store in early spring 1996. But it found that she had been sexually abused.
It also said in its ruling that Trump defamed Carroll in a statement on social media in October.
Carroll sued Trump in November, minutes after a temporary law in New York state went into effect allowing victims of sexual assault to sue their abusers even after the abuse occurred. decades ago.
Carroll also weighed in on new claims against Trump after he also mocked him on prime time television this week.
In a televised “town hall” meeting Wednesday that aired on CNN, Trump repeated the statements that formed the basis of Carroll’s successful defamation claim, telling news anchor Kaitlan Collins that Carroll was a you “wack job” doing the attack – which was met with whistles. and delight the Republican audience.
During the interview, Trump insulted respected Manhattan federal court Judge Lewis Kaplan, who presided over his case.
Asked if she was considering further legal action in light of Trump’s latest remarks, Carroll’s lawyer, Roberta Kaplan, told the New York Daily News that she was “thinking about it”.
Trump’s attorney Tacopina declined to comment on the potential new lawsuit.
In the notice of appeal filed in the lower court Thursday where Judge Kaplan presided over the trial, Trump’s lawyers wrote that “notice is hereby given that Defendant Donald J Trump appeals” to the 2nd Circuit.
Tacopina said in an email about the appeal: “Judge Kaplan has already been reversed in Carroll v Trump. We are confident it will be twice after hearing this appeal.”
He referred to Kaplan’s rejection of an attempt to substitute the United States for Trump as a defendant in the first defamation lawsuit filed by Carroll for statements made by Trump while he was president. The 2nd Circuit later ruled that Trump was a government employee for purposes of the case, but the appeal has not been fully resolved.
Trump’s verdict was returned after a two-week trial in which Carroll testified that he sexually assaulted her in the luxury department store’s dressing room after a light and flirtatious chance encounter that took them from the store’s entrance to the desert. the sixth-floor lingerie area, where Trump invited Carroll to help him buy a gift.
He first publicly disclosed his experience in a memoir in 2019 while Trump was still president. She said her public response was so harsh that it damaged her reputation, cost her 27 years of work at Elle magazine and subjected her to social media attacks from her followers.
Trump, who is currently running for president as a Republican, did not attend the trial.