President Donald Trump’s request to have a defamation lawsuit dismissed was denied by a Supreme Court Judge of the State of New York. The lawsuit was filed by writer E. Jean Carroll, who is accusing Trump of sexual assault.
Supreme Court Judge Doris Ling-Cohan has rejected Trump’s request for a hearing to dismiss the defamation suit in a decision this week, The Associated Press reported Thursday.
She reportedly said the argument made by Trump’s lawyers to dismiss the case was not backed up by the President.
“There is not even a tweet, much less an affidavit by defendant Trump in support,” Ling-Cohan wrote in a decision provided to lawyers in the case Thursday, according to AP.
Carroll filed the defamation lawsuit in November, following her allegations that Trump had raped her in the mid-1990s. Trump has denied the allegations.
“Through express statements and deliberate implications, [Trump] accused Carroll of lying about the rape in order to increase book sales, carry out a political agenda, advance a conspiracy with the Democratic Party, and make money,” the defamation lawsuit states. “He also deliberately implied that she had falsely accused other men of rape. For good measure, he insulted her physical appearance.”
Carroll’s lawyer Roberta Kaplan told AP she was pleased with the ruling.
“We look forward to moving ahead in this case and proving that Donald Trump lied when he told the world that he did not rape our client and had not even met her,” Kaplan said in a statement.