A New York law that temporarily allows adult survivors of sexual abuse to sue their abusers beyond the statute of limitations for civil claims—and with it, could be the first of hundreds of new legal actions.
Among the first claims filed under the Adult Survivors Act (ASA), signed into law in May by Governor Cathy Hochul, are the claims of E Jean Carroll, who accused Donald Trump of rape. Carroll filed an advanced lawsuit against Trump after the new state law took effect.
Claims were also made against JPMorgan and Deutsche Bank by lawyers, acting for unnamed individuals, who accused the banks of turning a blind eye to alleged sex trafficking by disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein to “churn profits”. Were.
Separately, the lawsuit, filed in a New York court, alleges Banks “knowingly benefited from, supported, facilitated and otherwise provided the most important service to the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking organization and Things of Value Received”.
JPMorgan, the largest US bank, has been accused of “financially benefiting from participation” in Epstein’s alleged operation by providing financial support from 1998 to August 2013.
Deutsche Bank is alleged to have known that he would “make millions of dollars” from his relationship with Epstein. Both actions are seeking unspecified damages. a Deutsche Bank spokeswoman told the Wall Street Journal The claim “lacks merit” and the bank will present its arguments in court. A spokeswoman for JP Morgan in London declined to comment to the Journal.
According to Bradley Edwards, a Florida attorney who has worked prominently in exposing Epstein’s alleged crimes and seeking financial restitution from Epstein’s $577m estate, “Epstein and his co-conspirators assisted wealthy individuals and financial institutions could not have suffered without”.
The class-action suit against JPMorgan also names Jess Staley, the former head of JPMorgan’s private bank, who was forced to step down as chief executive of Barclays after UK regulators struck a deal with Barclays. The board had shared the preliminary findings of its investigation. About his relationship with the disgraced financier.
According to the lawsuit, filed on November 24, “Staley ensured that Epstein and his illegal sex exploitation organization were fully protected by the bank.” Staley’s attorneys declined to comment. according to the wall street journal, Bloomberg noted that “none of the allegations against Staley have been publicly proven” at the trial.
In E Jean Carroll’s case against Trump, the former Elle columnist is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages for pain and suffering, psychological harm, loss of dignity and reputational damage.
Carroll first made the claim in a 2019 book, saying that Trump raped her in the dressing room of a Manhattan luxury department store in 1995 or 1996. ,
His comments prompted Carroll to file a defamation lawsuit against him, but that lawsuit has been tied up in the appeals courts as judges decide whether he is protected from legal claims for comments made while he was president. No.
In her new claims, Carroll says that Trump “forcefully raped and groped her” when she discredited him when he denied raping her last month.
The suit alleges, “Trump’s implied sexual assault seriously injured Carroll, causing significant pain and suffering, permanent psychological harm, loss of dignity and invasion of her privacy.” already suffered.
Carroll’s attorney, Roberta Kaplan, told a court hearing that her client “wants to hold Donald Trump responsible for not only defaming her, but also for sexually assaulting her, which she committed in a dressing room at Bergdorf Goodman for years.” did before”.
Trump, who has denied the allegations against him, said in a statement that Carroll “completely made up a story that I met her at the door of this crowded department store in New York City and within minutes ‘knocked’ her.” It is a hoax and a lie, just like all the other hoaxes played on me for the past seven years.
The lawsuits by JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and Carroll could be the first of dozens of new actions to be filed through the New York legal window. In the last two-year window, the 2019 Child Victims Act brought cases that would otherwise have been beyond the statute of limitations, including Virginia Giuffre’s settled claim against Prince Andrew.
Hundreds of lawsuits may now emerge, many involving women who claim they were assaulted by co-workers, prison guards or medical providers, as it allows an institution such as a hospital or prison to be held responsible.
“I think there will be some very interesting cases that will come out in employment cases where powerful men, who were supervising or were supervising women, sexually harassed them and they would be able to hold their perpetrator accountable. but also their employers,” said attorney Doug Vigdor, who has represented women in several high-profile civil or criminal actions of the #MeToo era. told CNN.
A spokeswoman for the New York state court administration told CNN that the previous window, which limited new claims in child sexual abuse cases, produced about 11,000 claims. It is estimated that the claims against the New York State prison system may include up to 750 women alleging sexual assault.
New York’s Department of Corrections and Community Supervision said in a statement that it had “zero tolerance for sexual abuse, sexual assault and unauthorized relationships”.
It is also estimated that there are new lawsuits from about 40 women who claim that former Columbia University gynecologist Dr. She was sexually assaulted by Robert Haddon. Around 150 claims have been settled against the Gynaecologist.
Hayden was convicted in state court in 2016 on sex-related charges. He is being tried next year on federal charges of abusing female patients over two decades. He has pleaded not guilty.