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Judge Threatens to Kick Trump Out of E. Jean Carroll Defamation Trial

CEO Tinh Phung
Introduction In a recent twist to the ongoing civil defamation trial, a federal judge threatened to expel former President Donald Trump from the courtroom. The judge's warning came after a lawyer for E. Jean Carroll...

Introduction

In a recent twist to the ongoing civil defamation trial, a federal judge threatened to expel former President Donald Trump from the courtroom. The judge's warning came after a lawyer for E. Jean Carroll accused Trump of making disparaging comments within earshot of the jury. The trial aims to determine the potential damages Trump may owe Carroll, who alleges that he sexually assaulted her almost 30 years ago. Despite the gravity of the situation, Trump seemed unfazed by the judge's threat. The courtroom drama continues as both sides present their arguments and evidence.

'I'm Known as a Liar, a Fraud, and a Whack Job'

Carroll, now 80 years old, has made allegations against Trump, who is currently 77 years old, claiming that he sexually assaulted her in a department store dressing room three decades ago. The trial, taking place in lower Manhattan, seeks to establish whether Trump should be held liable for defamation after publicly denying Carroll's accusations during his presidency in 2019.

Carroll revealed to the jury the avalanche of abuse and threats she faced following Trump's attacks back in 2019. She recounted the horror of receiving death threats, causing her to fear for her life. The emotional toll was evident as Carroll shared her distressing experience. The relentless attacks have tarnished her reputation, leaving her feeling discredited and humiliated.

Disparaging Comments Within Earshot of the Jury

Carroll's legal team raised concerns about Trump's comments uttered within earshot of the jury. The attorney representing Carroll, Shawn Crowley, reported that she heard Trump saying phrases like "It is a witch hunt" and "It really is a con job." This prompted an objection from the attorney, as jurors were positioned closer to Trump than she was. Such comments by the defendant risk influencing the jury's perception of the case.

Trump's behavior outside the courtroom has also been contentious. Despite attending the proceedings, he continued to attack Carroll on his Truth Social platform, dismissing her claims as a "fake story" and accusing her of seeking fame and fortune. These ongoing attacks could potentially have consequences for Trump, as Crowley highlighted in her opening statement. She urged the jurors to consider the monetary price it would take for the "self-proclaimed billionaire" to stop his assault on her client's reputation.

Image Caption: E. Jean Carroll arrives at Manhattan federal court. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

What's the Case About?

The crux of the case revolves around two extended denials made by Trump while he was president in 2019. Carroll had come forward publicly with allegations of being raped by Trump in a department store dressing room. Trump labeled her accusations "a disgrace" and called for severe consequences for those making false claims. In a previous trial, held in May, the jury found Trump liable for sexually abusing Carroll and for defaming her by referring to her as a "con job." However, they did not find him liable for rape, resulting in a combined damages award of $5 million.

Judge Kaplan, overseeing the current trial, ruled that Trump could not argue to the current jurors that he did not assault Carroll, based on the previous verdict. The current proceedings are limited to determining the damages Trump must pay for the harm caused by his 2019 statements and to prevent further defamatory attacks against Carroll.

Despite Trump's repeated attempts to delay the trial due to funeral arrangements for Melania Trump's mother, Judge Kaplan denied his requests. Trump has expressed his intention to testify during the trial and reiterate his lack of familiarity with Carroll. The judge granted him until Monday to provide his testimony, even if the other aspects of the trial conclude before then.

Trump Mistrial Request Rejected

During the trial, Carroll admitted to deleting threatening messages she received after the lawsuit began, claiming that she was overwhelmed by the death threats. Trump's lawyer, Alina Habba, seized on this admission as grounds for a mistrial. However, Judge Kaplan swiftly denied the request. The tension between Habba and the judge continued throughout the proceedings, with Habba repeatedly attempting to introduce evidence improperly and making statements about different laws in front of the jury.

As the cross-examination of Carroll resumes, Habba focuses on television appearances where Carroll discussed her allegations against Trump. She also questions Carroll about why she didn't report the death threats to the police. Carroll's response highlights the constant fear she experienced, explaining that she felt she would need to call the police continuously for her safety.

The courtroom drama continues to unfold, and both sides are determined to make their case. With the judge's warning to Trump and the emotional testimonies, the trial remains a gripping spectacle that captures the attention of the public. The final verdict will have significant implications for both Carroll and Trump, as well as for the impact of powerful individuals on the lives of those who come forward with allegations of abuse.

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