Donald Trump Apparently Chickens Out at Last Minute Before Confronting E Jean Carroll in Court
Last week, Donald Trump told reporters in Ireland that he was cutting his trip short to rush home to New
Last week, Donald Trump told reporters in Ireland that he was cutting his trip short to rush home to New York to “confront” his accuser, E Jean Carroll.
Carroll alleges that Trump raped her in a Bergdorf Goodman in 1996, and then defamed her years later when denying the assault.
Trump has denied the allegations, and jetted off to Scotland and Ireland to spend the week as the trial marched on in New York.
But Thursday, Trump abruptly packed up and went home – telling the press that he planned to “confront” her just a day after his lawyer said he would not make a defense in court.
However, it would seem that Trump had a last minute change of heart – and missed his chance to face her down in court.
Donald Trump Did Not Confront E Jean Carroll and the Case is Now Wrapping Up
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Donald Trump had through Sunday to submit the request to appear in court and “confront” Carroll, as he told reporters he planned to do.
Business Insider reports, “The former president, who is accused of raping Carroll and subsequently defaming her character, has not attended the ongoing trial, but told reporters Thursday he would ‘confront’ Carroll about her accusations.
‘I will probably attend,’ Trump said Thursday while playing golf at his resort in Doonbeg, Ireland ‘And I think it’s a disgrace that it’s allowed to happen, false accusations against a rich guy, or in my case against a famous, rich, and political person.’
Trump’s comments prompted US District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan, who is overseeing the case, to give Trump the deadline during a Thursday hearing, Insider’s Laura Italiano reported.”
But the deadline came and went over the weekend – and Trump submitted no request.
Closing arguments will be entered today, and it’s expected that the jury will begin deliberations Tuesday.
It’s unclear how the case will shake down, but it doesn’t look favorable for Trump.
During the trial, multiple people testified who could corroborate both Carroll’s story and Trump’s inappropriate behaviors in the past. In this case, if a judgement is placed against Trump it won’t send him to jail, but it could cost him several million dollars.
Trump’s Deposition Shows Him Defending Some Gross Behavior
here’s a clip from Trump’s deposition where he comments on the Access Hollywood tape pic.twitter.com/HxrPtH0UYa
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Over the weekend, some video clips from Trump’s deposition in the rape defamation case were released – and they were not flattering.
CNBC writes, “In the deposition, Trump says ‘that over the last million years … unfortunately or fortunately,’ people who are considered ‘stars’ could grab women sexually without their consent.
Trump told Carroll’s lawyer that he considered himself to be a star.”
During deposition, Trump was asked about an infamous Access Hollywood hot mic recording that caught the former POTUS saying, “I’m automatically attracted to beautiful women — I just start kissing them, it’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything,” he said, including “grab ’em by the p—-.”
Trump was asked about the tape during deposition, and he responded, “Well, historically, that’s true with stars.”
He was asked, “True with stars that they can grab women?”
Trump replied, “Well, that’s what — if you look over the last million years, I guess that’s been largely true. Not always, but largely true. Unfortunately or fortunately.”
Carroll’s lawyer asked, “And you consider yourself to be a star?”
Trump answered, “I think you can say that, yeah.”
The trial resumes today.