Trump Accuser Asks For Money

On Tuesday, a federal judge in Manhattan granted a motion allowing Trump accuser E. Jean Carroll to amend her defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump seeking $10 million based on comments Trump made during a recent town hall on CNN, NBC News reported.

Trump’s CNN town hall aired the same day a jury awarded Carroll $5 million in her civil case against Trump.

The jury found Trump liable for defamation and sexual abuse but said that the evidence presented at trial failed to show that Trump raped Carroll.

In responding to the jury award during the town hall, Trump referred to Carroll as a “whack job,” among other things. He also claimed that he never met Carroll, referring to her allegations as “made up” and “fake,” according to the amended complaint.

After Trump’s appearance on CNN, Carroll’s attorneys filed an amended complaint seeking additional damages. In the complaint, her attorneys accused Trump of doubling down on his previous defamatory statements.

And on the same day that Trump was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to the 37-count indictment related to his retention of classified documents, District Judge Lewis Kaplan granted Carroll’s motion to amend her complaint.

In a statement after the judge’s decision, Carroll’s attorney Roberta Kaplan said they looked forward to “expeditiously” moving ahead on Carroll’s “remaining claims.”

Alina Habba, one of Trump’s attorneys, said on Tuesday that Carroll should not have been allowed to “retroactively” amend her complaint “at the eleventh hour.”

Carroll accused Trump of raping her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room sometime in the mid-90s, an accusation she first made public in her 2019 book, “What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal.”

After the accusation, then-President Trump denied the claim and accused Carroll of being a liar, prompting her to sue him for defamation.

She then sued Trump for rape under a New York State law that permitted victims of sexual assault to sue their accusers in civil court after the statute of limitations was up so long as the lawsuit was filed before the end of 2022.