E Jean Carroll is seeking $10 million in damages from former president Donald Trump. The former Elle columnist, who recently won a $5 million sexual abuse and defamation award against Trump, seeks to hold him liable for the remarks he made after the verdict.
A Manhattan federal jury on May 10 found that Trump sexually abused Carroll in a luxury department store dressing room in 1996 and awarded her $5 million for battery and defamation.
Following the verdict, Trump to his Truth Social media platform to state that he had "absolutely no idea who this woman is." "This verdict is a disgrace -- a continuation of the greatest witch hunt of all time."
The lawsuit filed in Manhattan state that the remarks made by Trump in response to her rape allegations have so spoiled her reputation that she lost her longtime job as an Elle magazine advice columnist.
After the verdict, at a townhall event hosted by CNN, Trump further insulted and demeaned Carroll. He said the sexual assault account was “fake” and a “made-up story” and referred to it as “hanky-panky”. He also said that he never met Carroll and called her a “whack job”.
The lawsuit states that the defamatory statements made by Trump post the verdict show the depth of his malice toward Carroll. It also states the suit hopes to deter him from engaging in further defamation and to deter others from doing the same.