Trump rape trial for E. Jean Carroll claim has closing arguments

Magazine Columnist E. Jean Carroll shows up for her civil trial versus previous President Donald Trump at Manhattan Federal Court on May 08, 2023 in New York City.

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A legal representative for author E. Jean Carroll informed jurors on Monday that Donald Trump followed a “playbook” he had for kissing and searching ladies without their approval prior to he raped Carroll in a New York outlet store dressing space in the mid-1990s.

“You must hold him to account for what he’s done,” Carroll’s legal representative Robert Kaplan stated. She provided closing argument to jurors in U.S. District Court in Manhattan for a civil trial in which Trump, the leading 2024 Republican governmental prospect, is implicated of battery and maligning the author.

Kaplan revealed jurors a bit of the “Access Hollywood” tape, when Trump boasted in 2005 about touching ladies without their approval.

“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. Grab ’em by the p—y. You can do anything,” Trump stated on the tape, taped for a look on that home entertainment program.

Kaplan informed jurors: “What is he doing here he is telling you in his own words his modus operandi, his MO…he kissed them without their consent.”

“The evidence shows overwhelmingly he followed this playbook and in the dressing room there grabbed [Carroll] by the p—y,” she stated.

In his deposition in the event, Trump informed Kaplan that “unfortunately or fortunately,” for “millions of years,” stars had actually had the ability to sexually search ladies without asking approval initially.

Former Elle publication recommendations writer E. Jean Carroll sees as a previous U.S. president Donald Trump’s video deposition is played in court throughout a civil trial where Carroll implicates the previous U.S. president in a civil claim of raping her in an outlet store dressing space in the mid-1990s, and of libel, in New York, May 4, 2023 in this courtroom sketch.

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“He actually used the word ‘fortunately’ describing sexual assault,” Kaplan informed jurors.

“Who would say, ‘fortunately?’ Someone who thinks they are a star he thinks stars like him can get away with it,” Kaplan stated.

Carroll affirmed previously in the trial that the previous president had actually raped her in a dressing space of Bergdorf Goodman in Manhattan after they had an opportunity encounter at that shop.

Trump, 76, rejects raping the now-79-year-old Carroll, and has actually implicated her of comprising the story for political and monetary factors.

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He likewise has actually consistently stated Carroll is “not my type.”

But Kaplan on Monday revealed jurors a video of Trump’s deposition last fall. He was inquired about an image of him, Carroll, her then-husband and Trump’s then-wife Ivana Trump at an occasion from the 1980s.

“That’s Marla,” Trump states on that tape about the image, determining Carroll as his other ex-wife, Marla Maples.

Kaplan informed jurors Monday: “He pointed to Ms. Carroll who he says is not his type and mistook her for Marla Maples.”

Carroll “is exactly his type and he repeated it twice and only changed when his lawyer pointed it out,” Kaplan stated. “He made up an excuse for why he made a mistake, saying it was blurry, and you know it’s not at all blurry … E. Jean Carroll is a former cheerleader from Indiana, was exactly his type.”

An image that existed as a display throughout the Carroll v. Trump civil trial where previous Elle publication recommendations writer E. Jean Carroll implicates previous U.S. President Donald Trump in a civil claim of raping her in an outlet store dressing space in the mid-1990s and of libel, which was acquired by Reuters on May 5, 2023. 

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Trump’s legal representative Joseph Tacopina is set to provide his closing argument later on Monday.

Trump, unlike Carroll, has actually not appeared face to face for the trial.

The judge in the event had actually provided Tacopina till Sunday afternoon to alter his choice not to have Trump affirm in his own defense. But that due date passed without the legal representative informing the judge that Trump would take the stand Monday.

Trump, who is the leading competitor for the 2024 Republican governmental election, was criminally charged last month by the Manhattan District Attorney for apparently falsifying service records associated with a 2016 hush cash payment his then-lawyer made to a pornography star, Stormy Daniels, prior to the election that year.

He has actually pleaded innocent because case.

Trump likewise deals with several criminal examinations for his efforts to reverse his loss in the 2020 election to President Joe Biden, and in connection with stopping working to give up federal government records, a lot of them categorized, when he left the White House.


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