Trump could be called to testify in E. Jean Carroll’s sexual libel trial

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Former US President Donald Trump attends jury selection in the second civil trial after Carol accused Trump of raping her decades ago, in Manhattan federal court in New York City, US, January 16, 2024 in this courtroom graphic.

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Former President Donald Trump is expected to testify Thursday in the civil defamation case brought against him by writer E. Jean Carroll.

Trump was initially scheduled to testify Monday in Manhattan federal court, but the trial was postponed after a juror called in sick.

Judge Lewis Kaplan gave Trump’s lawyer, Alina Haba, the opportunity to continue the case that day with eight jurors instead of nine, but Haba declined, telling Kaplan that she was feeling ill, too.

The resumption of the case, which was postponed for three days, also marks a return to the Trump presidential campaign’s courtroom-focused strategy.

Trump has explicitly linked his campaign to his legal troubles at Social Truth mail He announced Wednesday night that he would be traveling to New York City in the wake of his victory in the New Hampshire Republican primary.

The former president has appeared in recent weeks in a number of active civil and criminal cases, even when he was not asked to do so, attracting significant media attention and new fundraising opportunities for his campaign.

Trump has denounced all of his legal battles as a witch hunt, claiming they are being orchestrated by the Biden administration to hurt his 2024 presidential bid.

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But a jury in a related civil case last year did find Trump liable for sexually assaulting Carroll in a department store in the 1990s and then defaming her after she came forward in 2019, when he was president.

The jury ordered Trump to pay Carroll $5 million. Trump is appealing the ruling.

The trial, which will resume on Thursday, is only being conducted to determine how much Trump must pay Carroll in damages, with Kaplan ruling that the question of whether Trump defamed Carroll has already been decided.

Carroll’s lawyers are seeking at least $10 million from Trump in this case.

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