Trump, rape accuser Carroll agree to a single defamation trial

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By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former President Donald Trump and E. Jean Carroll have agreed to a single trial on whether Trump defamed the former Elle magazine columnist by denying he raped her in the mid-1990s. According to a letter filed late Friday in Manhattan federal court, lawyers for both sides agreed to an April 25 trial to consider whether the former U.S. president should be liable for critical statements about Carroll in June 2019 and last October. Carroll has been pursuing separate lawsuits over those statements, with the first scheduled for trial on April 10. “Because of…

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