NEW YORK (AP) — A judge says former President Donald Trump's moves aimed at delaying a rape accuser's defamation claims from reaching trial are in bad faith and so far succeeding.

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The federal judge in New York denied an effort by Trump's lawyers to countersue advice columnist E. Jean Carroll.

She wrote in a 2019 book that Trump raped her in the 1990s in a Manhattan store.

Trump denied it and questioned Carroll's motivations.

The judge noted in a ruling released Friday that Carroll is in her late 70s and that her claims could have been decided long ago.

A lawyer for Carroll says she "could not agree more.”

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