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Donald Trump filed a lawsuit when the New York Adult Survivors Act went into force

E Jean Carroll, a writer, has filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump in the US state of New York for allegedly raping her in the 1990s.

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Ms. Carroll is one of the first people to file a lawsuit under the Adult Survivors Act, which went into effect on Thursday.

The state law provides victims with a one-year term in which to file sexual assault lawsuits in New York for claims that would otherwise have surpassed statute limitations.

The claims against the former president have been denied.

Ms. Carroll claims the attack occurred in a posh department store changing room in New York 27 years ago.

The Adult Survivors Act permits victims to come forward if the sexual assault occurred when they were over the age of 18 and occurred on a date beyond the time constraints that most felonies have.

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It is based on the state’s recent Child Abuse Act, which applied to victims who were assaulted when they were minors.

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The Child Abuse Act, which went into force in 2019, gave victims two years to come forward. Under that law, about 11,000 lawsuits were filed in New York against churches, hospitals, schools, camps, and other institutions.

Ms. Carroll has also filed a defamation suit against former President Trump after he accused her of lying when she originally made her allegations public in 2019.

Mr. Trump dismissed Ms. Carroll’s charges as “fiction.” A civil trial, in that case, is set for February 6th.

Ms. Carroll’s attorney, Roberta Kaplan, stated in a statement that the latest complaint filed on Thursday is designed to hold Mr. Trump accountable for the claimed attack.

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Alina Habba, Mr. Trump’s lawyer, told US media that while she respects and admires those who come forward, “this case is sadly an abuse of the purpose of this Act” and “risks undermining the credibility of true victims.”

Others are likely to sue under the new statute as well.

This includes a potential class action lawsuit against Robert Hadden, a former gynecologist at New York-Presbyterian and Columbia University hospitals who have been accused of sexual abuse by dozens of victims.

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Mr. Hadden was convicted in state court of sex-related offenses in 2016, but has pleaded not guilty to federal counts of sexually abusing female patients over a two-decade period.

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