Former advice columnist E. Jean Carroll admitted Wednesday that her lawsuit against former President Donald Trump was possible because of a law she helped New York Democrats push through, the Daily Caller reported. Carroll sued the former president for defamation, assault, and rape in a New York court.
Trump was found guilty of defamation and battery but cleared of the rape charge. Carroll will collect $5 million in damages for the incident that supposedly took place in a New York department store decades ago.
Normally, the statute of limitations would have long run out and made her case moot. However, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed into law the Adult Survivors Act in 2022, which has allowed for exactly this type of verdict.
The law gave alleged victims a "one-year lookback window for survivors of sexual assault" that provided legal recourse "regardless of when the abuse occurred." CNN host Poppy Harlow asked Carroll about the law as it pertained to her ability to sue Trump.
"They passed it just a few years ago," Harlow said. "Were it not for that law, you never would have been able to bring this case," the host pointed out.
“Exactly. This would never – I would never have this window, this year of having the ability to bring a lawsuit for rape. Robbie can explain it better," Carroll said, invoking her attorney Roberta Kaplan.
"E. Jean actually helped to get that law passed," Kaplan said. “It passed last year," she pointed out.
"We filed – it was Thanksgiving Day, the first day you could sue. We filed it just after midnight on Thanksgiving," Kaplan explained.
"And there are a lot of other women throughout the state and, hopefully, throughout this country, that they will get other laws like this passed in other states. And New York women should use this law while it’s still around, which is until next Thanksgiving," she added.
"Yeah, because there’s a reason women stay silent," Carroll interjected. "They’re ashamed and they’re frightened and they’re worried … this law gives us that one-year window. It’s a brilliant law," she added.
This "brilliant" statute allowed her to drag Trump to court on nothing more than an old allegation with no evidence and too much elapsed time to verify anything. Carroll's that Trump raped her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in Manhattan came out in 2019.
She couldn't tell exactly when it occurred but estimated it was sometime in 1995 or 1996. Trump called the whole thing a "hoax and a lie" during his deposition and plans to appeal the verdict, according to Fox News.
"This verdict is a disgrace," Trump said. "It is a continuation of the greatest political witch hunt in history."
Carroll's story is less than credible and impossible to verify at this late stage. However, New York State does not care about justice when it comes to Trump.