A federal judge in New York on Wednesday limited E. Jean Carroll’s second trial against Donald Trump to damages only, in a defeat for the former US president.
The decision by Judge Lewis Kaplan comes after a mistrial was declared in the case last November. In that trial, the jury deadlocked on the question of whether Trump defamed Carroll by denying her allegation that he raped her in a Manhattan department store in the mid-1990s.
Kaplan ruled that the case could proceed to a second trial, but he said that the jury would not be able to consider the question of whether Trump defamed Carroll. Instead, the jury would only be able to consider whether Trump should be held liable for damages to Carroll.
The ruling is a setback for Carroll, who has said that she is seeking justice for the alleged rape. However, her lawyers said that they are still confident that they can win the case.
“We are disappointed that the court has limited the scope of the trial, but we are confident that we can prove that Mr. Trump defamed Ms. Carroll and that he should be held accountable for his actions,” said Roberta Kaplan, one of Carroll’s lawyers.
Trump has denied Carroll’s allegation and has called her a liar. He has also accused her of trying to extort money from him.
The case is one of several legal challenges facing Trump since he left office in January 2021. He is also facing a defamation lawsuit from Summer Zervos, a former Apprentice contestant who has accused him of sexual misconduct.
The ruling in Carroll’s case is a reminder that Trump is still facing legal consequences for his actions, even after he left office. It is also a sign that the #MeToo movement is still having an impact, even on powerful men like Trump.
The case is scheduled to go to trial again in November.