Former President Donald Trump has been beset by numerous lawsuits filed by alleged accusers of sexual misconduct, including former liberal columnist E. Jean Carroll, who alleged in 2019 that Trump raped her in the mid-1990s, a charge that Trump has denied and proclaimed to be a lie.
Carroll’s suit asserts that Trump defamed her by calling her a liar, but in a surprise move in a federal court Tuesday, Carroll’s attorney said they no longer sought to obtain an under-oath deposition with the former president, CNN reported.
They are, however, continuing to press forward with the lawsuit, and the reason given for abandoning the sought-after deposition was that waiting for that to actually be forced by the courts would add too much delay to a process that has already dragged on for three years.
DNA sample requested
The New York Post reported that while Carroll and her attorney, Roberta Kaplan, had dropped their request for a sworn deposition with Trump, they still had other demands, such as obtaining a sample of the former president’s DNA.
That is because Carroll still claims to possess the dress she was wearing when Trump allegedly raped her in a department store dressing room more than 25 years ago, and she and her attorney want to compare Trump’s DNA with the purported dress.
For what it is worth, Trump’s attorney in this suit, Alina Habba, said the move to drop the requested deposition was “surprising” and news to her.
Likewise, Habba also stated that she was previously unaware of any request for a DNA sample, though Carroll’s attorney disputed that and claimed a sample had been sought from the very beginning of the lawsuit in 2019.
Carroll unwilling to settle, ready to go to trial
Unfortunately, while Carroll may have backed off of her demand for a sworn deposition with Trump, she is not dropping the lawsuit altogether, and according to Rolling Stone, Carroll proclaimed to reporters that “I’ll never settle” this particular suit out of court.
“We’re in this fight, not really for me, but for all women who have been grabbed and groped, and assaulted and raped, who were silenced,” she asserted.
The actual purpose of the court hearing Tuesday was in regard to an attempt by Trump’s attorney to modify his defense strategy to take into account New York state’s so-called “anti-SLAPP” law that allows for counterclaims to be filed against frivolous lawsuits that are intended only to embarrass or silence that target of the suit.
It was unclear if that state law would be applicable in a federal lawsuit, though, which was the reason for the hearing.
Meanwhile, CNN noted that the defamation lawsuit is otherwise on hold for the time being as an appeals court is still considering previously filed motions about whether the case should even be permitted to proceed or not.