Last month, a federal judge ruled that President Donald Trump can be sued in his capacity as a private citizen, allowing E. Jean Carroll’s defamation lawsuit against Trump to move forward—and ruled that the Department of Justice could not step in as the President’s defense. On Thursday, a federal judge in New York scheduled a telephone conference in E. Jean Carroll’s defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump, for December 11 at 9:30 a.m. EST, proving that the case will continue to on, ABC reports.
Roberta Kaplan, Carroll’s attorney, provided a statement: “We look forward to finally moving ahead with discovery in the case, which has been on hold since Trump filed his motion for a stay last February, and look forward to the initial conference in E Jean Carroll’s case on Dec. 11, if the parties cannot agree on a schedule.”
Last summer, Carroll accused the soon-to-be-former President of the United States of raping her in the 1990s in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in an excerpt from her book, What Do We Need Men For?, first published in New York Magazine. She is one of 26 women who have accused Trump of sexual assault. Trump claimed he has never met Carroll. In February of this year, Carroll said she was fired from her position as a columnist at Elle after she accused the president of rape.
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