**President Trump’s legal team fights back against E. Jean Carroll’s attempt to amend her lawsuit and seek further damages in the ongoing defamation case.**
In a strong defense against E. Jean Carroll’s latest bid to seek increased damages, President Trump’s lawyers have asked a judge to dismiss her request. Carroll is currently attempting to amend her defamation lawsuit after winning a $5 million verdict from a jury last month. The jury found that Trump sexually abused Carroll but did not rape her – an essential point Carroll is now disputing.
Last month, E. Jean Carroll filed court documents requesting further monetary compensation in response to Trump’s controversial remarks during a CNN town hall. The president flatly denied the allegations, referring to Carroll’s claims as a “fake” and “made up story.” Recently, she approached Judge Kaplan, a Clinton appointee, to allow her to seek more damages related to Trump’s statements on CNN.
However, his legal team has pushed back, asserting that since the jury already concluded that Trump did not rape Carroll, her ongoing claims should be dismissed. In a statement, Trump’s lawyers said, “the jury verdict favors Trump’s position in the pending lawsuit that he never defamed Carroll by claiming that he never raped her because the jury rejected the rape claim at trial.”
Judge Kaplan must now decide whether to accept the revised defamation claim and Carroll’s assertion that the pending case could skip ahead to the penalty phase regarding Trump sexually abusing her. Furthermore, the judge must rule on the possibility of substituting