E. Jean Carroll Could Sue Trump Again Over New Attacks, Lawyer Suggests

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E. Jean Carroll Could Sue Trump Again Over New Attacks, Lawyer Suggests


Three days after Donald J. Trump posted a $91.6 million bond in the defamation case he lost recently to the writer E. Jean Carroll, her lawyer on Monday suggested she was considering filing yet another defamation lawsuit against the former president.

The lawyer raised the prospect of a new lawsuit after Mr. Trump in recent days repeatedly lashed out at Ms. Carroll, using the same kind of disparaging language that led to the huge judgment against him in January.

“The statute of limitations for defamation in most jurisdictions is between one and three years,” Roberta A. Kaplan, Ms. Carroll’s lawyer, said in a statement Monday morning. “As we said after the last jury verdict, we continue to monitor every statement that Donald Trump makes about our client.”

In a separate court filing, Ms. Kaplan told the federal judge overseeing the case that she and Mr. Trump’s lawyers had reached an agreement on the details of his proposed $91.6 million bond. The bond — provided by Federal Insurance Company, an arm of the insurance giant Chubb — will prevent Ms. Carroll from collecting her multi-million-dollar judgment while Mr. Trump appeals the defamation verdict.

The judge, Lewis A. Kaplan, must still approve the proposed bond, which he could do as early as Monday.

The race to secure the bond before Monday’s deadline came as Mr. Trump was on the clock to obtain a bond for another huge judgment in a civil fraud case brought by the New York attorney general’s office. In that case, Mr. Trump must post a nearly half-billion dollar bond by March 25, or the attorney general’s office can begin seizing his assets while he appeals.

Mr. Trump lacks the cash to come up with both bonds at once, placing him in financial peril at an already hectic time. Mr. Trump also faces four criminal indictments — with the trial in the first case beginning in Manhattan in two weeks — all while he is on the cusp of becoming the Republican presidential nominee for the third time.

Although the former president boasts of his billions, his net worth is derived largely from the value of his real estate. He has more than $350 million in cash, a recent New York Times analysis found, far short of what he needs to obtain bonds in both cases.

An appeal bond is a promise from the company offering it to cover a judgment if a defendant — in this case, Mr. Trump — loses an appeal and fails to pay. In exchange, Mr. Trump must pay the company a premium and pledge collateral, including as much cash as possible.

Mr. Trump twice has attacked Ms. Carroll in recent days, using the kind of language that has led to two defamation findings against him, most recently a jury’s $83.3 million award in January.

On Saturday evening at a rally in Rome, Ga., Mr. Trump complained bitterly about the bond he had to post, insisted Ms. Carroll’s accusations were false and said that she was “not a believable person.”

Mr. Trump doubled down on those remarks Monday morning during a telephone interview with CNBC, mocking Ms. Carroll as “Miss Bergdorf Goodman,” a reference to the luxury department store in Manhattan where she said he had sexually assaulted her in the mid-1990s. In the interview, Mr. Trump called the decisions against him “ridiculous,” without elaboration.

“I got charged — I was given a false accusation and had to post a $91 million bond on a false accusation,” said Mr. Trump, who was not in fact charged criminally in the case.



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