Trump sues ABC News and George Stephanopoulos for defamation


Trump sues ABC News and George Stephanopoulos for defamation

Stephen Battaglio

March 19, 2024

Former President Trump is suing

TV journalist

George Stephanopoulos and ABC News for


for saying he raped advice columnist E. Jean Carroll.

On a March 10 edition of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” the host said Trump was “responsible for rape” during his interview with Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.)

South Carolina

. Stephanopoulos asked Mace, a rape victim herself, how

could be


could be

rationalize support for Trump’s 2024 presidential candidacy.

The lawsuit against Trump, filed on Tuesday


US District Court in Miami,


the jury in the Carroll case found him liable for sexual abuse and not rape, and that Stephanopoulos defamed the presumptive Republican presidential nominee by using the term.

A jury ruled in January that Trump must pay Carroll $83.3 million in damages


finding Trump liable for defamation, the second case involved a 1996 incident that occurred when the two met in a New York neighborhood.


department store.

In May, jurors rejected Carroll’s claim that she was raped, but found Trump responsible for the lesser charge of sexual abuse, along with defamation, and awarded Carroll $5 million in damages. Trump, who denied the incident took place, repeatedly mocked Carroll for her claims.

Trump’s suit

sites quotes

how Stephanopoulos himself reported that Trump was not liable for rape when he reported on the ruling of

the previous



case on May 10.

The suit also noted that the headline


an ABC News online story about the Mace interview first used the word “rape” and was later changed to “sexual assault.”

Trump’s lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

ABC News has not commented on the matter.

The tense “This Week” interview was widely reported

divided shared

on social media. Mace took offense to Stephanopoulos’ question, claiming he “raped” her by bringing up her own experience as a victim, which she did.


publicly discussed

many times


Trump has previously sued media outlets including the New York Times and CNN without success.


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