American writer Jean Carroll filed a defamation case against former US President Donald Trump for the second time on Thursday. She alleges that Trump raped her in the dressing room of a store in New York state in the 1990s. Earlier, the writer made such allegations but Trump denied it.

According to Reuters, Carroll (78) brought a battery claim under New York’s Adult Survivors Act. It’s a new law that gives sexual assault victims a one-year window to file a lawsuit against their alleged abuse, even if the abuse happened long ago and the statute of limitations has expired.

Thursday was Thanksgiving Day, the first day on which the accused could plead. But Trump has denied raping Carroll or knowing her. In June 2019, a defamation case was filed against TRASP for the first time.

This new law was created to remove that limitation in the case of sexual harassment. After the law goes into effect, victims will have one year to file sexual assault lawsuits in New York. As a result, anyone over the age of 18 can file a past sexual harassment case. Jean Carroll took that opportunity.

He reiterated the denial in an October 12 post on his Truth social account, calling Carroll’s claims a ‘fraud’ and ‘false’. Carroll was then prompted to file a new defamation suit.

Both sides are awaiting an appeals court decision addressing Trump’s argument that he was legally immune from Carroll’s first lawsuit because he spoke in his capacity as president.

Carroll was originally a regular contributor to the editorial page of an American newspaper. In a recent book, she wrote, the then industrialist Trump raped her in the women’s dressing room of a department store in New York in 1990.

(Dhaka Times / 25 November / SAT)