Former President Donald J. Trump filed a defamation lawsuit in opposition to ABC Information on Monday, arguing that the anchor George Stephanopoulos had harmed his repute by saying a number of occasions on-air that Mr. Trump had been discovered answerable for raping the author E. Jean Carroll.

A jury in a Manhattan civil case final yr discovered Mr. Trump answerable for sexually abusing and defaming Ms. Carroll, however didn’t discover the previous president answerable for rape. The choose, nevertheless, later clarified that due to New York’s slim authorized definition of “rape,” the jury’s discovering didn’t imply that Ms. Carroll “failed to prove that Mr. Trump ‘raped’ her as many people commonly understand the word ‘rape.’”

Mr. Stephanopoulos, who was named as a co-defendant, mentioned Mr. Trump was discovered answerable for rape throughout a contentious interview on March 10 with Consultant Nancy Mace, Republican of South Carolina. Throughout the interview, Mr. Stephanopoulos requested Ms. Mace, who has spoken publicly about being raped as an adolescent, why she continued to assist Mr. Trump in mild of the end result of the civil case.

Mr. Trump, who typically galvanizes his supporters by attacking the press, has filed a string of unsuccessful defamation fits in opposition to main media organizations. Federal judges have dismissed his fits in opposition to CNN, The New York Instances and The Washington Submit.

ABC Information had no touch upon Monday. Mr. Trump’s swimsuit was filed in federal court docket within the Southern District of Florida.