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Trump’s defamation claim against E. Jean Carroll dismissed by judge

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump faced another legal setback as a federal judge dismissed his defamation counterclaim against writer E. Jean Carroll

The ruling came from U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan, who determined that Carroll’s statements on CNN, made after winning a $5 million jury verdict against Trump for defamation and sexual abuse, were substantially true.

The judge concluded that Trump failed to demonstrate that Carroll had made these statements with actual malice.

Alina Habba, a lawyer representing Trump, expressed disagreement with the ruling and announced plans to file an appeal soon.

In response to a separate defamation lawsuit by Carroll seeking at least $10 million, Trump, 77, had filed the counterclaim.

A trial for this case is scheduled for January 15, 2024.

Trump is considered a front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

In addition to his legal battles, Trump faces criminal charges in three separate indictments.

These charges include allegations related to his attempts to overturn his 2020 election loss and his involvement in the events leading up to the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Trump’s lawsuit against Carroll was prompted by her assertion that he had raped her.

Carroll, a former columnist for Elle magazine, had made this claim in response to a jury’s verdict that Trump had not raped her.

Trump also objected to Carroll’s account of telling his lawyer that “he did it and you know it” shortly after the verdict.

Judge Kaplan had previously found compelling evidence that Trump had forcefully penetrated Carroll’s vagina with his fingers, causing immediate pain and lasting emotional harm.

The judge reiterated this finding, stating that the substantial truth of Carroll’s accusations was established against Trump.

Kaplan also rejected some of Trump’s defence arguments, including his claim of “absolute presidential immunity” and his assertion that Carroll was ineligible for punitive damages.

Roberta Kaplan, who represents Carroll and is unrelated to the judge, expressed satisfaction with the decision. She noted that the January trial would likely be concluded swiftly.

Both lawsuits were triggered by Trump’s denials of allegations that he forcibly raped Carroll in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the mid-1990s.

Carroll’s legal action stems from Trump’s comments in 2019, where he denied knowing her and disparaged her credibility to boost sales of her memoir.

The $5 million jury verdict originated from similar denials made on social media in 2022, in which Trump labelled the incident a “hoax” and a “lie.”

Carroll modified her lawsuit after Trump referred to her as a “whack job” in a CNN town hall following the verdict.

 

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TikTok implements stricter guidelines on weight-loss drug promotion

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TikTok is tightening its regulations on influencers who promote weight-loss drugs like Ozempic.

With over 170 million users in the US, the app aims to prevent the spread of potentially harmful content related to rapid weight loss.

Starting in May, TikTok will prohibit influencers from posting “before-and-after” photos and restrict minors from accessing weight-loss content deemed risky. The crackdown extends to any content promoting drastic weight loss methods, aiming to combat the promotion of unrealistic body standards.

However, some influencers, like Dave Knapp and Kim Carlos, criticise the move, arguing it discriminates against those with health conditions. Others fear losing their income as TikTok takes down their content, prompting concerns about the platform’s future amid potential US bans.

As TikTok enforces stricter guidelines, influencers may seek alternative platforms to share weight-loss content. Despite the popularity of drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy, the crackdown reflects growing concerns about the impact of such promotions on user health.

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Game on with indie devs celebrated by Nintendo

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Nintendo Switch fans rejoice! The recent Indie World Showcase unveiled 17 new titles coming in 2024.

Including in the rundown is the adorable “Little Kitty, Big City” and explosive platformer “Anton Blast.” In other news, “Stellar Blade” confirms an uncensored release on PlayStation 5, Fallout’s TV adaptation gears up for Season 2, and Keanu Reeves joins the cast of Sonic 3 as Shadow. New releases this week include “Tales of Kenzera: Zau” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants,” while “Fallout 4” gets a next-gen update. With “Stellar Blade” topping the list, gamers have plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks.

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What are the major takeaways from day one of Trump’s trial?

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The first day of Donald Trump’s criminal hush money trial that the former president broke the law and corrupted the 2016 election, while his defence lawyer said he committed no crime.

On this episode of Ticker Today – Former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial is officially underway, President Joe Biden makes cannibal claims, TikTok US ban enters the next phase and Gen Z’s are dropping degrees and picking up tools to become blue-collar workers.

Ticker’s Ahron Young and Veronica Dudo discuss.

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