Writer E. Jean Carroll is among the women who have revealed stories of sexual harassment and assault perpetrated by Donald Trump, and Carroll — who says that Trump assaulted her in the 1990s — has filed a defamation case against Trump in the wake of his denials of her story. Now, a New York state Supreme Court judge has ruled that Carroll’s case can proceed. The case includes an attempt by Carroll’s legal team to procure a sample of the president’s DNA in order to compare it with genetic material that is on garments that she was wearing at the time of the original incident. This week, Carroll called out Trump on Twitter, posting a list of new deadlines in the case, including a date by which a DNA sample has been demanded.
The deadline for a DNA sample has apparently been set as September 15, although Carroll’s legal team notes that they’re willing to be flexible. Alongside a link to a letter from her legal team, Carroll tweeted:
‘DEADLINE TRUMP! @realdonaldTrump now has deadlines to provide a DNA sample & to sit for a deposition in my case.’
DEADLINE TRUMP!@realdonaldTrump now has deadlines to provide a DNA sample & to sit for a deposition in my case.
— E. Jean Carroll (@ejeancarroll) August 10, 2020
Carroll’s case is proceeding again in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling insisting that Trump did not have immunity from certain court cases just because he’s the president. Specifically, the court ruled that Trump was not automatically free to evade compliance with a subpoena from Manhattan authorities for his financial records, which those authorities have demanded amidst a broad review of the Trump Organization’s activities.
Roberta Kaplan, a lawyer for Carroll, shared that the writer’s team was “very gratified” that the judge, “recognizing the clear holding of the Supreme Court in [the Manhattan case], has rejected President Trump’s assertion of absolute immunity and has denied his motion to stay E. Jean Carroll’s case.” Discovery requests had been previously been suspended during consideration of a request from Trump’s team for the entire case to be put on hold while another defamation case brought by one of Trump’s other apparent victims, Summer Zervos, works its way through the courts.
Check out Twitter’s response to Carroll below: