Former President Donald Trump’s lawyers don’t want New York City jurors to see as they consider whether or not he raped a magazine columnist decades ago.
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On Monday, a federal judge finalized some key issues in the Bill Cosby-type civil trial where Trump is accused of raping the magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll in a dressing room at a high-end Manhattan department store. Among them is the evidence that’ll be shown.
Trump’s lawyers are trying to stop a long list of video clips and photos from being presented at trial, labeling them “irrelevant and unduly prejudicial.” The judge still has not made a final determination about what he will allow at trial.
It has been noted that Trump’s lawyers dog-earing all the clips they don’t want jurors to see could have the opposite effect, like when Barbra Streisand turned to the courts in 2003 to suppress a photo of her Malibu home. And you can watch all the clips in the above video.
It didn’t cost him the 2016 election, but lawyers worry it’ll cost him a ton of money now. This is the infamous tape, first exposed by The Washington Post, in which Trump was caught on a hot mic bragging about his ability to get away with sexually assaulting women while riding in a bus with Access Hollywood correspondent Billy Bush.
It was noted that in it, Trump gloats about the way he tried to have sex with entertainment reporter Nancy O’Dell, saying he “tried to move on her like a bitch” but “couldn’t get there and she was married.” Then, as they prepare to meet the actress Arianne Zucker, the real estate mogul revels in the way he has forced himself on women in the past.
“I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful… 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,” Trump said. “Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”
Trump’s lawyers also want to hide the way he responded to a wave of sexual assault claims. In the final weeks before the 2016 presidential election, The New York Times unearthed stories of several women who said Trump had acted inappropriately toward them. Rachel Crooks remembered how, while she was a 22-year-old receptionist at Bayrock Group in Trump Tower, the real estate mogul wouldn’t let go of her hand and forcibly kissed her several times in 2006. Jessica Leeds recalled a time when she was a young saleswoman wearing a posh brown tweed suit on a Dallas-New York flight, surprised that a flight attendant invited her to sit in first class next to Donald Trump—who proceeded to grab her breasts and run his hand up her skirt.