Business Standard

Justice Dept blocked in bid to shield Trump from rape defamation suit

The judge, Lewis A Kaplan of Federal District Court in Manhattan, rejected the Justice Department's attempt to step into the case and defend the president

Donald Trump
Premium

Last month, the Justice Department abruptly intervened on Trump’s behalf in the suit

Alan Feuer & Benjamin Weiser | NYT New York
A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that US President Donald Trump can be personally sued for defamation in connection with his denial while in office of a decades-old rape allegation.
 
The judge, Lewis A Kaplan of Federal District Court in Manhattan, rejected the Justice Department’s attempt to step into the case and defend the president, and his ruling means that, for the moment, a lawsuit by the writer E Jean Carroll can move forward against Trump, in his capacity as a private citizen.
 
Carroll has accused Trump of raping her in a department store dressing room in the 1990s. Her

Don't miss the most important news and views of the day. Get them on our Telegram channel

First Published: Oct 28 2020 | 1:06 AM IST

Explore News

To read the full story, subscribe to BS Premium now, at just Rs 249/ month.

Key stories on business-standard.com are available only to BS Premium subscribers.

Register to read more on Business-Standard.com