Crime Judge rejects DOJ's attempt to shield Trump from defamation lawsuit
They Accused a Pakistani Megastar of Sexual Harassment. Then They Were Sued for Defamation
Women in Pakistan came forward with allegations of sexual harassment as the #MeToo movement took hold. Now, they're facing defamation lawsuitsThe 38-year-old star of Mira Nair’s film The Reluctant Fundamentalist star accused pop singer Ali Zafar of sexual harassment in 2018. He denied the allegation, and filed a defamation suit against her and eight others who also made or amplified claims against him online. All nine were charged with criminal defamation at the end of September. If convicted, they face a maximum sentence of up to three years in prison and a 1 million rupee ($6,144) fine.
The Justice Department cannot step in to defend President Trump in the defamation lawsuit brought by E. Jean Carroll, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
Judge Lewis A. Kaplan rejected the Justice Department's argument that President Trump is a government employee and is therefore protected by The Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), a law intended to shield federal employees from civil litigation.
"His comments concerned an alleged sexual assault that took place several decades before he took office, and the allegations have no relationship to the official business of the United States," Judge Kaplan wrote. "To conclude otherwise would require the Court to adopt a view that virtually everything the president does is within the public interest by virtue of his office."
Justice Department officials say their antitrust lawsuit against Google is not politically motivated — but Trump's shadow will continue to loom over the case, especially if he's reelected
Trump had been consulting with the Justice Department on the lawsuit before it was filed, White House advisor Larry Kudlow said on Tuesday.Trump has for years attacked Google — as well as other big tech companies — by claiming without evidence that its search engine is biased against him and slamming Google for its contracts with China. But when questioned by reporters at a Tuesday press conference, DOJ officials denied that Trump's claims about Google's purported bias had any bearing on the antitrust lawsuit.
Tuesday's ruling reopens Mr. Trump to liability as a private citizen to the defamation claims brought by Carroll, a columnist who last year accused Mr. Trump ofher over two decades ago. Carroll was originally suing Mr. Trump in his personal capacity in New York State court, and he was previously represented by private attorneys.
In aon Tuesday, Carroll said of the ruling, "This win is for every woman in the country!"
Last month, to prevent that case from moving forward, the Justice Department took the unprecedented stepthe lawsuit brought by Carroll.
A spokesperson for the Justice Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
In June 2019, Carroll claimed that Mr. Trump sexually assaulted her in the dressing room of Bergdorf Goodman in late 1995 or early 1996.
Mr. Trumpon several occasions, as noted in her lawsuit.
"I have no idea who she is. What she did is—it's terrible, what's going on. So it's a total false accusation and I don't know anything about her. And she's made this charge against others," he said on June 22, 2019. "And, you know, people have to be careful because they're playing with very dangerous territory. And when they do that—and it's happening more and more."
RHOC's Shannon Beador Wins Defamation Case Against Jim Bellino: 'Grateful and Relieved' .
Jim Bellino sued Shannon Beador and Tamra Judge in 2018 over comments they made about his business during a podcast tapingIn addition to having Bellino's case dismissed, Beador was awarded $137,340.25 of the $220,000 she sought for her legal fees.