Donald Trump can’t countersue E. Jean Carroll, a author who says he raped her within the mid-Nineteen Nineties, on the bottom her defamation lawsuit in opposition to him violated a New York state legislation meant to guard free speech, a federal choose dominated on Friday.
U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan stated a ruling for the previous U.S. president would needlessly trigger additional delays for Carroll’s lawsuit, which started in November 2019.
He additionally accused Trump of participating in “bad faith” to forestall Carroll, 78, from pursuing a case that might have been determined way back.
“The defendant’s litigation tactics, whatever their intent, have delayed the case to an extent that readily could have been far less,” Kaplan wrote.
Letting Trump countersue “would make a regrettable situation worse,” he added.
A lawyer for Trump didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.