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Trump loses bid to dismiss rape accuser“s second defamation lawsuit



FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump rape accuser E. Jean Carroll departs from her hearing at federal court during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., October 21, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal judge on Friday rejected Donald Trump’s bid to dismiss writer E. Jean Carroll’s second lawsuit accusing the former U.S. president of defamation for denying he raped her in a Manhattan department store dressing room in the mid-1990s.

U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan said Trump’s argument that Carroll’s defamation claim was legally insufficient because she failed to allege “special damages” was without merit.

He also rejected Trump’s argument that Carroll’s claim under New York’s Adult Survivors Act must be dismissed because the law violated the due process clause of the state’s constitution.