Trump sues ABC, George George Stephanopoulos for defamation after host accused him of rape in Mace interview

Former President Donald Trump has filed a defamation lawsuit in opposition to ABC Information and George Stephanopoulos, claiming his repute was tarnished by the anchor saying a number of occasions on-air that Trump had been discovered responsible for raping author E. Jean Carroll.

Trump filed the lawsuit in federal court docket in Miami on Monday over a viral interview between US Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) and Stephanopoulos on “This Week” on March 10, in accordance with The Hill.

The go well with takes purpose at Stephanopoulos’ questioning for saying Trump had been discovered “responsible for rape” when a jury in a Manhattan civil case final 12 months solely discovered Trump responsible for sexual abuse below New York legislation.

“Judges and two separate juries have discovered him responsible for rape and for defaming the sufferer of that rape. How do you sq. your endorsement of Donald Trump with the testimony we simply noticed? ” Stephanopoulos requested through the interview.

Donald Trump speaks throughout a Buckeye Values PAC rally in Vandalia, Ohio, on March 16, 2024. AFP by way of Getty Pictures
Nancy Mace will get mad when George Stephanopoulos asks her how she will help Trump. ABC Information
Nancy Mace through the interview. ABC Information
Donald Trump poses with George Stephanopoulos for a city corridor occasion in Philadelphia on Sept. 15, 2020. REUTERS

In a 20-page grievance, Trump’s legal professional Alejandro Brito accused Stephanopoulos of constructing the false statements “with precise malice or with a reckless disregard for the reality.”

“Certainly, the jury expressly discovered that Plaintiff didn’t commit rape and, as demonstrated under, Defendant George Stephanopoulos was conscious of the jury’s discovering on this regard but nonetheless falsely acknowledged in any other case,” Brito continued.

The previous president requested for an unspecified quantity of damages within the lawsuit.

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