People say that Donald Trump’s lawyers were trying to get around rules set by a judge that wouldn’t let them argue that the former president didn’t rape writer E. Jean Carroll in the defamation civil trial that is coming up.
Trump allegedly slandered the former Elle columnist while denying raping her in a New York department store in the 1990s. In 2019, he said, “She’s not my type.” Roberta Kaplan, Carroll’s lawyer, said that Trump’s lawyers were trying to bring up evidence in the civil trial that could change Carroll’s story or make it look like she was not a reliable witness, which was against Judge Kaplan’s decisions.
Kaplan stated that they met with Trump’s team to talk about the evidence they plan to use in the trial. It was quickly clear that Trump wants to get around the Court’s recent decisions in order to show the jury evidence that is not only irrelevant and unfairly prejudicial but also clearly goes against the instructions” to Judge Kaplan’s January 9 decision.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper repeatedly airs a 2019 interview with Carroll. In it, Carroll said, “Most people think of rape as sexy.” Carroll’s lawyers stated that they would use the interview to “discredit” her story about the attack.
Trump’s lawyers also plan to call Carol Martin back to the stand. Martin previously testified in the sexual battery trial that the former Elle columnist told her about the attack soon after it happened. Kaplan stated that Trump’s lawyers are going to ask Martin how Carroll “carried herself” and said that she “supposedly enjoyed aspects of the attention she received” after reporting the assault.
Judge Kaplan has already said that Trump’s comments about Carroll in 2019 were slanderous. The next civil trial will decide how much Trump needs to pay Carroll in damages.