Judge Rejects Trump’s Request for Delayed Payment in E. Jean Carol Lawsuit

MSN  28th Feb 2024

Many analysts believe it is only a matter of time before Donald Trump runs out of financial ammo to keep his legal woes at bay. Another hint that might happen

soon comes from Trump’s attempt to get the court to delay payment to cover damages in the E. Jean Caroll lawsuit.

Unfortunately for him, the New York judge who oversaw E. Jean Carroll’s defamation lawsuit rejected his request to delay paying the $80 million in damages.

Trump’s lawyer, Alina Habba, made the request. She asked for an “administrative stay” last Friday. This would effectively pause Trump’s required payments to Carroll for defaming statements he made against the former writer in 2019.

Kaplan refused to grant a pause without allowing Carroll and her team to respond first. So he gave them until Thursday at 5 p.m. to respond to Trump’s motion. On Friday, Habba asked Kaplan to stay the motion for at least 30 days until the resolution of Trump’s post-trial motions.

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According to her, there is a “strong probability” that the verdict will be reduced or eliminated on appeal. The sum a New York civil jury asked Trump to pay the writer is $83.3 million. The damages include $65 million in punitive damages and $18.3 million in compensatory damages.

The sum Trump was ordered to pay is but a fraction of the millions he has been ordered to pay recently. Earlier this month, a New York judge ruled Trump and his co-defendants would have to pay $364 million. A consequence of fraudulently misstating the value of Trump and his company’s assets on financial statements.

The purpose? To make the former president appear wealthier. Carroll accused Trump of raping her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the 1990s. Trump’s response to the allegation was to say he’s “never met this person in my life,” the incident “never happened,” and Carroll is “not my type.”

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In retaliation, Carroll sued Trump for defamation in 2019, alleging Trump’s reaction to her allegations caused her “emotional pain and suffering at the hands of the man who raped her, as well as injury to her reputation, honor and dignity.”

It took a long time for the case to make it to trial. There was a years-long legal dispute that saw Trump arguing that he made the comments while acting in his official capacity as president, so he should go scot-free.

Since last month’s verdict, Trump has repeatedly said he would appeal. Meanwhile, in a television interview, Carroll threatened to sue Trump again if he continued to defame on social media.

Separately, Carroll sued Trump for similar statements in 2022. The second lawsuit went to trial before the 2019 suit and was for both defamation and sexual assault. In May, a jury took Carroll’s side, finding Trump liable for sexually abusing Carroll.

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However, it refused to accept that Trump raped her. The jury also ordered Trump to pay Carroll $5 million in damages. The bills continue to mount, which is why analysts suspect Trump may be running out of funds soon.