Appeals court hands Trump victory in defamation suit filed by rape accuser
Added 09-27-22 01:22:03pm EST - “Former President Trump may be immune from a defamation lawsuit filed against him by a woman who said he raped her decades ago in a New York City department store, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday.” - Washingtontimes.com
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Former President Trump may be immune from a defamation lawsuit filed against him by a woman who said he raped her decades ago in a New York City department store, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday.
But the court stopped short of dismissing the case altogether, instead asking a D.C. appeals court to decide whether the United States can be substituted as a defendant for Mr. Trump.
In a 2-to-1 decision, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan reversed a lower court ruling that concluded Mr. Trump had to face the lawsuit filed by columnist E. Jean Carroll.
The 2nd Circuit said Ms. Carroll’s suit may be barred by a federal law that protects government employees from being sued over actions that relate to the job requirements. However, the ruling did not resolve whether Mr. Trump’s public statements denying Ms. Carroll’s rape claims occurred within the scope of his employment as president.
“If Trump is an ‘employee of the government,’ he is not subject to Carroll’s defamation suit, providing he was acting within the scope of his employment. If he is not an employee, he may be personally answerable,” the 2nd Circuit ruled in its 80-page decision.
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