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Trump demands new trial in E. Jean Carroll sexual abuse case, docs show


 Trump demands new trial in E. Jean Carroll sexual abuse case, docs show
By Priscilla DeGregory and
Natalie O'Neill   
June 8, 2023 4:41pm

Former President Donald Trump is demanding a new sexual abuse trial against writer E. Jean Carroll — claiming she shouldn’t have been awarded millions of dollars in the civil case last month because she wasn’t raped, according to a court filing Thursday.

The 76-year-old ex-president — who was found liable for sexually assaulting Carroll in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room decades ago — says the $2 million he was ordered to pay for the alleged attack is “excessive,” according to the Manhattan federal court papers.

“The court should order a new trial … because contrary to Plaintiff’s claim of rape, the jury found she was not raped but sexually abused,” the filing states. “Such abuse could have included groping through Plantiff’s clothing or similar conduct, which is a far cry from rape.”

Trump said the jury’s award for damages were “grossly excessive” because the the encounter didn’t cause the 79-year-old former Elle magazine advice columnist any diagnosed mental problems, according to the motion for a new trial.

He also claimed the additional $2.7 million Carroll was awarded for the defamation portion of her civil suit was “based upon pure speculation” along with the flawed calculations of a “reputation expert” who testified on the accuser’s behalf.



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