Former President Donald Trump responded on Tuesday to E. Jean Carroll’s move this week asking a federal judge to amend her defamation lawsuit against the former president by asking for an additional $10 million because of comments that he made about her during a CNN town hall event.
“I don’t know E. Jean Carroll, I never met her or touched her ￼(except on a celebrity line with her African American husband who she disgustingly called the ‘Ape,’), I wouldn’t want to know or touch her, I never abused her or raped her or took her to a dressing room 25 years ago in a crowded department store where the doors are LOCKED, she has no idea when, or did anything else to her, except deny her Fake, Made Up Story, that she wrote in a book,” Trump posted on social media. “IT NEVER HAPPENED, IS A TOTAL SCAM, UNFAIR TRIAL!”
“The Carroll case is part of the Democrats playbook to tarnish my name and person, much like the now fully debunked Russia, Russia, Russia Hoax, the 51 Intelligence Agents, FBI/Twitter Files, and so much more,” he continued. “It is being funded and tried by Democrat operatives, although this was denied by them, and when they got caught in the lie, the Clinton appointed judge would not let us use it in trial. Time will prove him to be highly partisan & very unfair. Where’s the dress she said she had?”
A federal jury in New York found Trump liable on May 9 of committing battery against Carroll and later defaming her when he vociferously denied her claim that he raped her in a department store dressing room in the 1990s. The defamation lawsuit involved Trump’s comments from a Truth Social post in October 2022, referring to Carroll’s allegations as a “complete con job” and saying that she “is not my type.”
Nine members of a civil trial jury ordered Trump to pay $5 million to Carroll in damages — taking just two and half hours of deliberation to reach the unanimous verdict — two weeks ago.
Attorneys representing Carroll, 79, proposed amendments on Monday to the first of her two defamation lawsuits against Trump, which would hold the former president liable for remarks made at a CNN broadcast on May 10.
“Trump’s defamatory statements post-verdict show the depth of his malice toward Carroll since it is hard to imagine defamatory conduct that could possibly be more motivated by hatred, ill will, or spite,” the lawyers wrote in the complaint. “This conduct supports a very substantial punitive damages award in Carroll’s favor both to punish Trump, to deter him from engaging in further defamation, and to deter others from doing the same.”
During the town hall, the former president called the verdict a “fake story” and denied he knew Carroll.
“She’s a whack job,” Trump said, adding, “What kind of a woman meets somebody and brings them up, and within minutes you’re playing hanky-panky in a dressing room.”
According to Reuters, attorneys for Carroll said in a letter to U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan on Monday that because “Trump’s alleged defamatory statements were essentially the same, the only open issues are whether he was immune for making the first statement, and if not what damages he owes.”
Attorneys for Trump filed a notice of appeal in New York on May 11, contesting the federal jury’s verdict that found him liable for committing battery and defamation.