What Are the Legal Cases Against Donald Trump?

case type: civil
where: New York Supreme Court
Attorney: Roberta Kaplan
Verdict: Trump found liable for battery and defamation in May 2023. A second defamation trial begins on January 15, 2024.

In a 2019 New York cover story, writer E. Jean Carroll accused Trump of sexually assaulting her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the mid-1990s. After Trump accused her of lying, Carroll, represented by Roberta Kaplan, sued him for defamation. Then she sued for damages over the alleged assault, taking advantage of a recent New York law that extends the statute of limitations for adult survivors of sexual abuse. The trial began on April 25. After a short deliberation, a jury ruled on May 9 that Trump was liable for sexual assault and defamation, awarding Carroll $5 million in damages. Trump’s legal team is expected to appeal.

A second defamation trial will begin in federal court in New York on January 15, 2024 — which will allow Carroll to amend her original civil suit against Trump to add the claims he made about her at a CNN town hall
A federal judge will allow E. Jean Carroll to amend her original defamation lawsuit against former President Donald Trump to include comments he made at a CNN town hall in May.

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