The journalist and writer E. Jean Carroll, who has publicly accused the former president donald trump of raping her almost 30 years ago, filed a civil complaint this Thursday in a New York court after opening a special period in the state to seek justice for sexual crimes that had prescribed.
taking advantage of the New York Adult Survivors Lawwhich entered into force today, The author asks to submit the ex-president to a jury trial for a crime of injuries related to a “rape and touching by force”and requests that he be compensated for the damages with an undetermined amount, according to the complaint reviewed by EFE.
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Carroll, 78, is already in a defamation legal battle against Trump, 76, after he denied raping her and made “false accusations” and comments about her.some about her appearance, first when she published her account in a book and in a magazine article, in 2019, and again this year.
The new complaint includes this crime of defamation and requests that Trump retracts.
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On her Twitter account, the author posted a link to the new lawsuit and stated that her action may “It ruined the former president’s Thanksgiving, but it will be nourishing for every woman who has been grabbed, groped, harassed, pinched, pushed, assaulted, smeared, or dragged through the mud by a powerful man.”
SILENCE UNTIL THE “ME TOO”
“Some 27 years ago, playful pranks at the luxury Bergdorf Goodman department store on New York’s Fifth Avenue took a dark turn, when defendant Donald J. Trump intercepted whistleblower E. Jean Carroll, forced her against a wall from a fitting room, he locked her in place with his shoulder and raped her.”the document begins.
The complaint details the account of the writer, who was 52 years old at the time of the alleged rapeand how she later told two friends who were journalists, blamed herself for what happened, decided not to go to the police for fear of the tycoon’s power and social rejection for being a “victim”, and remained silent until the incident broke out. MeToo movement.
Likewise, he reveals that he thought of accusing Trump in 2016, when she saw that other women denounced similar acts by the then candidate for the White House, but she did not do so out of respect for her mother, a Republican politician who had months to live, and the possibility that her story favored a “macho” image among his followers.
The document highlights that Carroll has suffered lasting psychological and financial harm as a result, including a “loss of dignity and self-esteem”, she has not been able to have a romantic relationship “since the day Trump raped her”, she has not “had sex with anyone since that period” and she has found it difficult to “trust men”.
LEGAL CHANGE WITH CONSEQUENCES
The New York Adult Survivors Law will allow for a year to report rapes and other sexual assaults -which usually prescribe in 5 years- suffered by people over 18 years of age, regardless of the time elapsed, and it is expected that there will be an avalanche of complaints from victims who lacked time in last.
According to local media, some 750 women plan to denounce the state Department of Corrections for sexual abuse suffered while behind bars, while cases related to Jeffrey Epstein and the gynecologist convicted of patient abuse Robert Hadden are also anticipated.
New York approved in 2019 a similar law that opened a special period for victims who suffered sexual abuse when they were minors and that flooded the courts with some 11,000 complaints, many of them against the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts, and one against Prince Andrew from England.
Most states in the country have promoted legislation of this type for child victims, with the exception of the neighboring state of New Jersey, which in 2019 opened a legal window that also included adult victims.