Court gives Trump partial victory in rape accuser's defamation lawsuit, citing immunity

The three-judge panel of the circuit court asked the top local court in Washington to decide on an issue regarding the scope of Trump's immunity.

Updated: September 27, 2022 - 11:24am

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A federal appeals court in New York gave former President Trump a partial win on Tuesday in a defamation lawsuit in which a woman has accused him of raping her in the 1990s, ruling that presidents have by federal law the broad legal immunity given to government employees.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit gave a split decision, stating that a lower court was in error when it ruled that Trump's accuser, E. Jean Carroll, could sue him personally for his allegedly defamatory statements against her while president, The Hill reported.