A court employee was arrested for approaching Donald Trump during the civil trial
Officials said Trump was not in danger.
October 18, 2023, 2:52 p.m
A court employee was arrested Wednesday after she tried to approach former President Donald Trump as he sat in the courtroom during his civil trial in Lower Manhattan.
During the trial, the woman “disrupted the proceedings by standing up and walking to the front of the courtroom and yelling at Mr. Trump indicating that she wanted to help him,” according to a spokesman for the New York State Unified Court. System.
The woman was stopped by court officers before she approached Trump or any of the lawyers or other litigants.
The spokesman said that none of the parties were in any danger at all.
She was escorted out of the courtroom and courtroom by uniformed staff, and charged with second-degree contempt of court, which is akin to disrupting court proceedings.
The woman, a court employee, was placed on immediate administrative leave and banned from entering any court building.
She was wearing formal clothes and asked a reporter to open the door as she was going down the stairs. She was chased by two court officers who later arrested her and placed her in custody.
Trump is on trial in New York in a $250 million lawsuit that could change his personal fortune and his real estate empire. New York Attorney General Letitia James accused Trump, his sons Eric and Don Jr., and Trump Organization executives of inflating Trump’s net worth in order to obtain more favorable loan terms.
Trump returned to court on Tuesday and returned on Wednesday, after being absent from court for several days last week. He is not required to attend.
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