According to CBS News, in a federal civil trial stemming from writer E. Jean Carroll’s lawsuit against former President Donald Trump, jurors were shown a video on Thursday of a deposition in which Trump confused Carroll for his ex-wife, Marla Maples. Carroll is suing Trump for defamation and battery after he claimed that she “made up” allegations that he raped her in a New York City department store in the mid-1990s. Trump has consistently denied these allegations and even went on to claim that Carroll was “not his type.”
During the October deposition, Carroll’s attorney Roberta Kaplan showed Trump a late-1980s photo of him, his then-wife Ivana, Carroll, and her ex-husband John Johnson. When asked who was in the photo, Trump mistook Carroll for Marla Maples, his second wife, and responded, “It’s Marla.” After being corrected, he acknowledged that it was Carroll. The trial also featured a video of Trump reiterating his claim about Carroll’s appearance.
In addition to the deposition video, the trial also featured testimony from Carol Martin, a friend of Carroll’s who said that Carroll had told her about the alleged attack soon after it happened. Martin advised her not to report Trump to the police because she believed that “he would bury her.”
The trial has now concluded with both the plaintiff and defendant resting their cases. Trump’s attorney, Joe Tacopina, has stated that he will not be calling any witnesses and has waived Trump’s right to testify in the case. However, the judge has given Trump until 5 p.m. on Sunday to motion to appear should he have a change of heart.
Meanwhile, Trump is also facing a state criminal case in which he entered a not guilty plea to 34 counts of falsification of business records on April 4. At a hearing for that case, Trump’s attorneys and prosecutors for the office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg argued over a proposed protective order that would prevent Trump from publicizing evidence turned over to him as part of the discovery process. The judge has yet to issue a ruling, but he indicated on Thursday that he would issue the protective order. Trump’s attorney, Todd Blanche, also stated that Trump will seek to have the case moved to federal court.
holy crap Trump mistook E Jean Carroll for his ex-wife Marla Maples during his deposition pic.twitter.com/jG1ZG5Haey
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 5, 2023