Trump raped, ‘destroyed’ ex-columnist, US civil trial hears

Trump raped, 'destroyed' ex-columnist, US civil trial hears

Donald Trump raped a distinguished former American columnist then “ridiculed” her with defamatory feedback, a US civil trial listening to a lawsuit in opposition to the ex-president was informed Tuesday.

A lawyer for Trump, who denies the allegations, stated the plaintiff E. Jean Carroll was motivated by cash and fame as opening arguments kicked off the much-anticipated proceedings.

Carroll, 79, says Trump sexually assaulted her in a altering room on the luxurious Bergdorf Goodman division retailer on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan within the mid-1990s.

She says the assault got here after Trump playfully requested her for recommendation on shopping for a girls’s lingerie reward.

“The moment they were inside (the dressing room) everything changed. Suddenly nothing was fun. Trump was almost twice her size,” Carroll’s lawyer Shawn Crowley informed the Manhattan courtroom.

The trial, which isn’t felony in nature, is a part of a barrage of authorized woes that threaten to derail Trump’s 2024 run for a second presidential time period.

It comes simply weeks after Trump’s historic arraignment on felony fees associated to a hush-money cost made to a porn star.

Carroll, who was in courtroom Tuesday, first made the allegation in an excerpt from her e book revealed by New York Journal in 2019.

Trump responded then by saying he has by no means met her, that she was “not my type” and that she was “totally lying.”

Carroll initially sued Trump for defamation in 2019 however was unable to incorporate the rape declare as a result of the statute of limitations for the alleged offense had expired.

However a brand new legislation took impact in November final yr in New York that gave victims of sexual assault a one-year window to sue their alleged abusers a long time after assaults might have occurred.

Legal professionals for Carroll filed a brand new swimsuit that accused Trump of battery, “when he forcibly raped and groped” her.

It additionally included defamation for a submit that Trump made on his Fact Social platform in October the place he denied the alleged rape and referred to Carroll as a “complete con job.”

“He went on the attack. He ridiculed her. He destroyed her,” Crowley stated.

Joe Tacopina, representing Trump, stated there was no proof of the assault and that Carroll was “abusing the system for money, for political reasons, and for status.”

– ‘Psychological hurt’ –


Her swimsuit seeks unspecified damages for “significant pain and suffering, lasting psychological and pecuniary harms, loss of dignity and self-esteem, and invasion of her privacy.”

It additionally asks that Trump retract his feedback.

Round a dozen girls have accused Trump of sexual misconduct. He has denied all of the allegations and has by no means been prosecuted over any of them.

No felony prosecution can stem from the Carroll case but when Trump loses it is going to be the primary time he has ever been held legally responsible for an allegation of sexual assault.

Trump has offered sworn testimony within the case and isn’t anticipated to take the witness stand throughout the trial as Carroll’s attorneys have stated they don’t intend to name him.

The trial is prone to final one to 2 weeks.

The jury, made up of six males and three girls, was informed by the choose they might have their anonymity preserved in what is about to be a contentious case.

They are going to resolve whether or not the previous president is responsible, and in that case, how a lot in damages to award Carroll.

Trump grew to become the primary sitting or former president to have ever been charged with against the law when he was arrested within the hush-money case earlier this month.

He pleaded not responsible to 34 counts associated to the cost made simply earlier than the 2016 election that propelled him to the White Home.

Trump can be being investigated over his efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss within the southern state of Georgia, his alleged mishandling of labeled paperwork taken from the White Home, and his involvement within the storming of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.