A federal judge in the United States today dismissed the defamation lawsuit that the former president of the United States Donald Trump filed last June against the writer and journalist E. Jean Carroll, who a month earlier had won a civil lawsuit for sexual assault.
Trump had sued Carroll following an interview he gave to CNN after the verdict of that case, in which, asked if the tycoon raped her, she assured: “Yes, he did.”
That jury ruling, which sentenced Trump to pay a compensation of five million dollars for having sexually abused her years ago and for having later defamed her when she publicly denounced the facts, she considered him responsible for abuse, but not for rape under New York law.
Based on this difference, the former US president sued Carroll, considering that had made a false statement and that hurt his image.
The judge, however, today dismissed this maneuver and pointed out that the victim’s words are “substantially true”, since the jury determined that Trump penetrated her, even if it was with his fingers and not with his penisas required for a rape charge under New York law.