Former US President Donald Trump won’t testify at a civil trial to problem claims made by author E. Jean Carroll that he raped her within the Nineteen Nineties and later defamed her, after letting a Sunday deadline go with out asking the courtroom to seem.
Trump’s lawyer Joseph Tacopina informed the choose on Thursday that Trump had waived his proper to testify within the trial in Manhattan federal courtroom and opted to not current a protection within the case, playing that jurors will discover that Carroll had did not make a persuasive case.
Tacopina didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
After the jury left for the day on Thursday, US District Decide Lewis Kaplan requested Tacopina to tell Trump that he had till Sunday at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT) to inform the courtroom that he supposed to testify.
Kaplan has scheduled closing arguments from the 2 sides for Monday. Carroll, 79, filed her lawsuit final 12 months towards Trump, 76, claiming he raped her in a dressing room on the Bergdorf Goodman division retailer in Manhattan in 1995 or 1996, after which defamed her by denying it occurred. The previous Elle journal recommendation columnist is looking for unspecified financial damages.
Trump, who served as president from 2017 to 2021 and is the present frontrunner for the Republican US presidential nomination in 2024, has mentioned Carroll made up the allegation to drive gross sales of her 2019 memoir.
In a video deposition performed for the jury on Wednesday, Trump denied raping Carroll.
“It is probably the most ridiculous, disgusting story,” Trump mentioned within the video, hunched over a convention desk as Carroll’s legal professionals introduced paperwork to him. “It is simply made up.”
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