NEW YORK — A journalist suing President Donald Trump for defamation thanked Twitter users Tuesday for helping her move the case forward.
E. Jean Carroll, who has accused Trump of raping her inside the luxury department store Bergdorf Goodman in the 1990s and is suing him in Manhattan Supreme Court for defamation, tweeted her gratitude following the latest development in the case.
“Because you retweeted his call to the Governors when he bragged ‘I live in Manhattan,’ his lawyers dropped the claim I can’t sue him cuz he’s not a resident of New York!” Carroll wrote.
In a letter to the court dated June 15, Carroll’s defense attorney Roberta Kaplan argued against the idea put forth by Trump’s lawyers that he can’t be sued in Manhattan because he doesn’t live there.
“As darker chapters of his story have begun catching up with him, Trump has worked hard to distance himself from New York. This case is one example of that retreat,” Kaplan wrote.
Trump, a lifelong New Yorker, changed his residency to Florida late last year.
But the lawyer noted that in a conference call with the country’s governors on June 1 regarding nationwide protests over the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd, Trump made multiple references to Manhattan and at one point said that he still lived there.
“Two weeks ago, on a nearly hour-long phone call, Trump told a large group of U.S. Governors that they would ‘look like a bunch of jerks’ if they didn’t ‘dominate’ the people protesting against racism and police misconduct, and he promised to do ‘something that people haven’t seen before’ in order to achieve ‘total domination,’” Kaplan wrote.
“Of particular relevance here, during that same call, Trump openly admitted that he continues to ‘live in Manhattan.’”
Trump’s lawyer Patrick McPartland officially withdrew the claim Monday that he couldn’t be sued based on his residential status and the case will move forward.
Carroll, 75, first went public with her disturbing allegations against the president in June 2019, before the release of her book “What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal,” which contains a description of the alleged assault.
The journalist said Trump, at the time a hot-shot real estate mogul, attacked her in late 1995 or early 1996 inside a dressing room at the Bergdorf Goodman store in Manhattan.
In November, Carroll filed a defamation suit against him claiming he smeared her and hurt her career as a longtime Elle magazine advice columnist by calling her a liar. She is seeking unspecified damages and a retraction.
Carroll is also seeking a sample of the president’s DNA to determine whether his genetic material is on a dress she wore during the encounter.
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