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Former President Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit against ABC News and anchor George Stephanopoulos, alleging defamation.

The complaint stems from a contentious interview on March 10 during the “This Week” show, where Stephanopoulos questioned Representative Nancy Mace (R-SC) regarding her endorsement of Trump, specifically in light of the outcomes in the E. Jean Carroll sexual battery and defamation lawsuits. Trump’s legal team argues that Stephanopoulos inaccurately stated that Trump had been found “liable for rape” during the interview. In contrast, the jury’s verdict was actually on the grounds of sexual abuse under New York law, not rape.

During the interview, Stephanopoulos said, “Judges and two separate juries have found him liable for rape and for defaming the victim of that rape. How do you square your endorsement of Donald Trump with the testimony we just saw?” Trump’s attorney, Alejandro Brito, said, “These statements were and remain false, and were made by Defendant Stephanopoulos with actual malice or with a reckless disregard for the truth given that Defendant Stephanopoulos knows that these statements are patently and demonstrably false.”

The lawsuit, which does not specify the amount of damages sought, was filed in a federal court in Miami. It accuses Stephanopoulos of making statements with “actual malice or with a reckless disregard for the truth.” ABC News has chosen not to comment on the ongoing legal matter.

This lawsuit adds to a series of defamation claims Trump has made against major media outlets, including The New York Times, CNN, and The Washington Post, all of which were unsuccessful.


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