On Thursday, a federal judge allowed a libel suit by writer E. Jean Carroll against President Donald Trump to continue despite attempts by the Trump administration to dismiss the suit.
A conference call for the case is scheduled for December 11, according to The Hill.
Carroll filed the suit in November 2019 after Trump accused Carroll of lying about his alleged sexual assault on her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room during the 1990s. She wrote about the alleged assault in her 2019 book What Do We Need We Need Men For? excerpts detailing the assault were also published in New York Magazine in June 2019.
“I will say it with great respect: Number one, she is not my type. Number two: It never happened. It never happened, okay?” Trump said about Carroll in a June 2019 interview with The Hill.
In September 2020, the Department of Justice requested that Trump’s personal lawyers be replaced by government lawyers in the libel suit. This move would have left taxpayers to defend Trump in a personal civil suit and pay possible damages.
One judge denied the motion on the grounds that current laws do not define the President as an employee of the U.S. government and that, even if they did, Trump’s statements against Carroll would not fall within the job responsibilities assigned to him in that role.
“We look forward to finally proceeding with the resolution of the case, which has been on hold since Trump filed his motion for suspension last February,” said Carroll’s attorney Roberta Kaplan in a statement.
Carroll said Trump recognized her as a consulting columnist on the day of the alleged attack and asked for her help while shopping at a department store. She said that she and Trump had decided on a piece of lingerie, that he allegedly told her to try it on, which she joked about and said he should try it on himself.
She then claimed Trump attacked her after the two of them went into a nearby locker room. She never reported the incident to the police, she said, but told two friends who both confirmed her account.
In January 2020, Carroll’s attorneys asked Trump for a DNA sample for “analysis and comparison with unidentified male DNA found on the dress [Carroll] wore during the sexual assault.
Carroll was the 15th woman to accuse the president of sexual assault. Trump’s remark that she was not his type followed similar comments he made about another accuser, Jessica Leeds, who spoke to the New York Times in October 2016 about an alleged assault by Trump.
“He denied all 15 women who came forward,” Carroll said about Trump’s denial of the alleged attack. “He denies. He turns it around. He threatens and attacks.”
After making her accusations, Carroll said she began receiving death threats and began sleeping with a gun near her bed.
Washington Newsday contacted the White House for a comment….