WASHINGTON — E. Jean Carroll, the advice columnist and author, has filed suit against Donald Trump, accusing the president of defaming her after she accused the president of raping her in a department store dressing room more than 20 years ago.

The suit alleges Trump lied in public statements he made when he responded to Carroll’s allegation — first published in June in New York magazine — and “smeared her integrity, honesty, and dignity,” causing her emotional pain and damage to her career.

Carroll’s complaint, filed by the prominent civil-rights attorney Roberta Kaplan in New York state court, says the writer seeks “to obtain redress for those injuries and to demonstrate that even a man as powerful as Trump can be held accountable under

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