A federal judge on Tuesday granted a motion by E. Jean Carroll to file an amended defamation suit against former President Donald Trump seeking at least $10 million, based in part on recent comments Trump made on CNN.
Carroll made the motion for an amended complaint after Trump called her a “whack job” at a CNN town hall in May — the day after she won a $5 million judgment against him in a different civil case that alleged sexual abuse and defamation.
At the CNN event, Trump said, “I never met this woman. I never saw this woman,” and he called her claims “fake” and “made up,” her lawyers said in seeking the amended complaint.
U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan granted the motion Tuesday, the same day Trump was arrested and pleaded not guilty in Florida to federal charges regarding classified documents.
“We look forward to moving ahead expeditiously on E. Jean Carroll’s remaining claims,” said Carroll’s attorney Roberta Kaplan, who is no relation to the judge.
The pending defamation case goes back to 2019, when Carroll, a writer, publicly accused Trump, who was president at the time.
A jury reached the civil verdict and the $5 million judgment last month in a case Carroll filed about comments Trump made as a private citizen.