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Raw: [A judge has ruled that Donald Trump is liable for defaming the writer who accused him of rape.] Trump suffers loss in second E Jean Carroll defamation case – BBC NewsBBC HomepageSkip to contentAccessibility HelpYour accountHomeNewsSportReelWorklifeTravelFutureMore menuMore menuSearch BBCHomeNewsSportReelWorklifeTravelFutureCultureMusicTVWeatherSoundsClose menuBBC NewsMenuHomeWar in UkraineClimateVideoWorldUS & CanadaUKBusinessTechScienceMoreEntertainment & ArtsHealthIn PicturesBBC VerifyWorld News TVNewsbeatUS & CanadaTrump suffers loss in second E Jean Carroll defamation casePublished5 hours agoShareclose panelShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, Getty ImagesImage caption, A trial in January will be the second defamation case between Donald Trump and E Jean CarrollBy Madeline HalpertBBC News, New YorkA federal judge has ruled Donald Trump is liable for defamatory comments he made in 2019 about writer E Jean Carroll. Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled on Wednesday that Ms Carroll's second civil defamation trial against Mr Trump will be limited to determining damages.Ms Carroll accused Mr Trump of raping her at a department store in the 1990s.The former president goes to trial in January against Ms Carroll over comments he made about her allegations. In a statement on Wednesday, lawyers for Mr Trump said they "remain very confident that the Carroll II verdict will be overturned on appeal, which will render this decision moot". Ms Carroll first came forward with the sexual assault claims in a New York Magazine article in 2019.Mr Trump then denied the allegations, and Ms Carroll filed her first defamation suit against him that November, claiming he damaged her reputation and caused her emotional harm.This case is separate from a civil trial in May, where a New York jury found the former president sexually abused Ms Carroll, though he was found not liable for raping her in the dressing room of Bergdorf Goodman.That jury also found Mr Trump liable for defamation for calling the magazine writer's accusations "a hoax and a lie".Mr Trump was ordered to pay Ms Carroll $5m (£4m) as a part of that New York civil lawsuit. On Wednesday, in a 25-page decision in the second defamation case, Judge Kaplan argued that the May verdict established that Mr Trump made statements about the assault with "actual malice".Trump loses immunity in E Jean Carroll lawsuitHow big are Donald Trump's legal problems?The ruling means this upcoming second defamation case will focus solely on how much Mr Trump should pay Ms Carroll for making the comments.Typically, it would be up to a jury to decide whether a defendant is liable for damages.The trial is scheduled for 15 January, 2024.Lawyers for Ms Carroll said in a statement they "look forward" to the trial limited to damages.Mr Trump is appealing the jury's verdict in the May decision against him and has requested a new trial, which is still pending.He has denied allegations that he raped Ms Carroll, claiming he had never met the former Elle Magazine columnist and that she made up the story to sell copies of her book.The former president is also facing a series of other legal woes, including both state and federal charges related to his alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 election results and his handling of classified documents.Related TopicsNew YorkDonald TrumpUnited StatesMore on this storyJury finds Trump sexually abused writer in NY storePublished10 MayTrump loses retrial bid in E Jean Carroll casePublished19 JulyTop StoriesScientists grow whole model of human embryoPublished8 hours agoProsecutors want to indict Hunter Biden this monthPublished2 hours agoThe YouTube star killed by her fatherPublished23 hours agoloadingFeaturesPalestinians set out terms for Saudi-Israeli dealSlums hidden as India puts on its best face for G20The YouTube star killed by her fatherStarfield creator defends long video gamesLies fuel racism ahead of historic Australia voteThe million-dollar hustle changing US sportClimate change and crocodiles in a Kenyan lakeUkraine’s cyber-teams duel with Russians on front linesWorry at antibiotics overuse at India's Kumbh MelaElsewhere on the BBCFive of the best countries for expats in 2023How bad skin influences ageIs Hollywood self-destructing?Most Read1US man stopped in 'hamster wheel' ocean crossing2Scientists grow whole model of human embryo3Security lapse let killer 'crab walk' out of US jail4Biden honours Vietnam pilot who disregarded order5Trump suffers loss in E Jean Carroll defamation case6Lee could become 'extremely dangerous' hurricane7The YouTube star killed by her father8Terror suspect escapes prison by hiding under van9Prosecutors want to indict Hunter Biden this month10Palestinians set out terms for Saudi-Israeli dealBBC News ServicesOn your mobileOn smart speakersGet news alertsContact BBC NewsHomeNewsSportReelWorklifeTravelFutureCultureMusicTVWeatherSoundsTerms of UseAbout the BBCPrivacy PolicyCookiesAccessibility HelpParental GuidanceContact the BBCGet Personalised NewslettersWhy you can trust the BBCAdvertise with us© 2023 BBC. 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