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Judge refuses to drop Trump from rape accuser's defamation lawsuit

A federal judge on Tuesday rejected a US government request to drop Donald Trump as a defendant in a defamation lawsuit by a writer who said the president falsely denied raping her in a Manhattan department store a quarter century ago.
US District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan refused to let the government substitute itself for Trump as a defendant in former Elle magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll's lawsuit.
Kaplan's decision is a defeat for Trump, because dropping him as a defendant would have shielded him from liability and likely doomed Carroll's defamation claim.
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