Trump fends off claims of sexual misdeeds

Ms Courtney Friel claims in her book that Mr Donald Trump once invited her to Trump Tower for a kiss.
Ms Courtney Friel claims in her book that Mr Donald Trump once invited her to Trump Tower for a kiss.

NEW YORK • Former Fox News reporter Courtney Friel has released a book in which she claims Mr Donald Trump called her in 2010 and asked if she would like to visit Trump Tower and kiss him, even though they were both married.

"I was shocked," she says in the book, Tonight At 10: Kicking Booze And Breaking News.

"This proposition made it difficult for me to report with a straight face on Trump running for president."

About two dozen women have accused Mr Trump of unwanted sexual advances, though the President denies the allegations and says the woman are seeking attention.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump has asked a New York judge to throw out an advice columnist's lawsuit accusing him of defamation after he denied her claim that he raped her in a department store dressing room two decades ago.

Ms E. Jean Carroll, who went public with her claim against Mr Trump in a June magazine article, cannot sue the President in New York because the statements at issue were all made in Washington, his lawyer said in a New York court filing on Friday.

President Trump, who denies assaulting Ms Carroll, has said that New York courts lack personal jurisdiction over him "even when the purported statements were published to New York readers/listeners, or were directed towards or caused harm to a New York citizen".

Mr Trump also said Ms Carroll had not served the complaint on him in New York, where the real estate mogul has long maintained a residence at his signature 5th Avenue skyscraper.

Ms Carroll said in an earlier filing that Secret Service agents blocked her attempts to serve the complaint, prompting a judge to rule that she could serve it by mail to the White House.

 
 
 

Her lawyer, Ms Roberta Kaplan, said Mr Trump is misstating the law around personal jurisdiction to avoid having to turn over documents in the case, which a judge ordered him to start doing.

"When E. Jean's case was filed, Donald Trump maintained a home in New York, was registered to vote in New York, paid taxes in New York, and had been sued in New York on numerous occasions - including since 2016 - without any objection," Ms Kaplan said in an e-mail.

"Tellingly, as his papers make clear, what this motion is really about is a transparent effort to avoid discovery at all costs in a case involving a sexual assault."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 05, 2020, with the headline 'Trump fends off claims of sexual misdeeds'. Print Edition | Subscribe