Donald Trump on Thursday appealed a judge’s dismissal of his claim that the writer E. Jean Carroll defamed him by accusing him of rape, after a jury awarded her $5 million for defamation and sexual abuse but not rape.
The former president asked the federal appeals court in Manhattan to overturn an Aug. 7 decision by U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan that also rejected some of his defenses in a second defamation lawsuit by Carroll.
Kaplan said the May 9 verdict reflected a finding that Trump “deliberately and forcibly” penetrated Carroll’s vagina with his fingers. He said that amounted to rape as people commonly use the term.
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Trump challenges dismissal of his E. Jean Carroll defamation claim: report https://t.co/clxBBRlwsX
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