Trump loses bid to delay deposition in author’s defamation case

NEW YORK, Oct 12 (Reuters) – A federal judge on Wednesday rejected a petition by former U.S. President Donald Trump to delay his impeachment in a defamation suit brought by author E. Jean Carroll after he denied raping her .

U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan said that, contrary to his claims in legal filings, subjecting Trump to a deposition in the case would not impose an “undue burden” on him.

Carroll sued Trump in November 2019, five months after he denied raping her in the mid-1990s. Denying the allegations, Trump said at the time that Carroll was “not my type.”

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Trump’s lawyers have also argued that he was protected from Carroll’s lawsuit by a federal law that immunized government employees from defamation.

The case has been on hold as a federal appeals court in Washington, DC decides whether Trump was acting in his official capacity as president when he called Carroll a liar.

“We are pleased that Judge Kaplan agreed with our non-discovery position in this case.” Roberta Kaplan, an attorney for Carroll, said in a statement.

Trump accused Carroll of fabricating the original charge and said the courts should have thrown out the lawsuit.

“Meanwhile, and for the record, E. Jean Carroll is not telling the truth, is a woman with whom I had nothing to do, did not know, and would have no interest in knowing her if I ever had the chance Trump said in a statement.

Trump’s lawyer Alina Habba said in a statement: “We look forward to determining that this case is, and always has been, completely without merit.”

Carroll, a former Elle magazine columnist, has said she also plans to sue Trump on Nov. 24 for battery and emotional distress.

On that date, a newly enacted New York state law gives victims of sexual misconduct a year to sue for alleged sexual misconduct, even if the statute of limitations has expired.

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Reporting by Luc Cohen in New York; Additional reporting by Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Editing by David Gregorio and Stephen Coates

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Luc Cohen

Thomson Reuters

Reports of New York Federal Courts. Has previously worked as a correspondent in Venezuela and Argentina.

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