Trump Sexual Assault Defamation Trial: E. Jean Carroll testifies after the former president and judge clash
E. Jane Carroll enters Manhattan federal court, in the second civil trial after she accused former US President Donald Trump of raping her decades ago, in New York City, United States, January 18, 2024.
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Author E. Jean Carroll resumed testimony Thursday in the civil defamation trial stemming from sexual assault allegations against Donald Trump, a day after the former president clashed with the presiding judge in open court.
Trump did not return to the federal courtroom in Manhattan for the second day of his accuser’s testimony. Instead, he was in Palm Beach, Florida, for the funeral of his mother-in-law, Amalia Knavs.
US District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan previously rejected a request from Trump’s lawyers to postpone the trial for a week so that Trump could attend the funeral.
On Wednesday, Kaplan warned Trump that he could be expelled from the courtroom due to his “disturbing” statements while Carroll was testifying.
Trump, 77, shook his hands in the air and responded, “I would love to.”
The judge replied: “I know you would. You don’t seem to be able to control yourself in the circumstances.”
any. Jean Carroll testifies before Judge Lewis Kaplan as former US President Donald Trump watches, during the second civil trial in which Carroll accused Trump of raping her in decades, in Manhattan federal court in New York City, US, January 17, 2024 in this courtroom drawing.
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The tense exchange came after Carroll’s lawyer complained that Trump’s comments, such as calling the trial a “witch hunt” and a “hoax,” could be overheard by jurors.
Carroll (80 years old) testified in Trump’s presence that he raped her in a store in New York City in the mid-1990s, and then defamed her after she filed this accusation in 2019, when he was president.
She testified that his lies “destroyed my reputation.”
“For the President of the United States, one of the most powerful people on the face of the Earth, to call me a liar for three days and say I was a liar 26 times — I counted them — it ended the world I was living in.” Carroll said on the witness stand.
The trial is the second to focus on Carroll’s allegations of assault and defamation by Trump.
A jury last year, in a separate but closely related civil trial, found Trump liable for sexual assault and defamation, and ordered him to pay Carroll $5 million. Trump is appealing this ruling.
Before the current trial, Kaplan ruled that Carroll’s defamation allegations against Trump had already been proven, and that the trial would focus solely on determining the amount owed in damages.
Carroll’s lawyers are demanding at least $10 million in compensation in this case.
The former president, who faces dozens of criminal charges in four separate courts as well as multiple civil cases, has turned his legal struggle into a major feature of his 2024 presidential campaign. He is currently the front-runner for the Republican nomination.
After leaving the court on Wednesday, Trump headed to New Hampshire to attend a campaign event. He is hoping for a clean run in the Granite State Republican primary next week, repeating his landslide victory in the Iowa caucuses on Monday.
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