Donald Trump rejects last chance to testify in rape trial

Former United States President Donald Trump, who once claimed it was fantastic to “Grab ‘em (women) by the pussy,” declined his last likelihood to testify at a civil trial the place he’s accused of raping a US journalist in a luxurious division store dressing room in 1996.
The trial has been ongoing for two weeks, with Elizabeth Jean Carroll seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages. Despite being given till yesterday by US District Judge Lewis A Kaplan to file a request to testify, Trump did not file anything.
It was not surprising, as he has not appeared once in the course of the trial. The jury has watched excerpts from an October deposition by which Trump denied raping Carroll or understanding her. Without Trump’s testimony, the defence rested their case without calling any witnesses, reported Aljazeera.
Trump’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, didn’t request extra time for Trump to testify and declined to comment on the matter. Lawyers are set to make closing arguments, with deliberations likely to start the next day.
Kaplan had given the previous president additional time to request to testify. However, the judge didn’t promise to grant such a request to reopen the defence case so Trump might take the stand.
On Invitation only , Kaplan had heard news stories during which Trump advised reporters while visiting his golf course in Doonbeg, Ireland, that he would “probably attend” the trial. Trump additionally criticised Kaplan, a Bill Clinton appointee, as an “extremely hostile” and “rough judge” who “doesn’t like me very much.”
The 79 yr previous Carrol testified on the witness stand that the seventy six year old Trump raped her in early 1996 after they met at the entrance of the midtown Manhattan department store Bergdorf Goodman.
She recounted how the encounter started as a enjoyable and flirtatious outing the place Trump coaxed her into serving to him store for a present for one more girl. They ended up within the store’s desolate lingerie part, the place they teased each other to attempt on a see-through bodysuit. However, laughter turned to violence when Trump allegedly slammed her up against a wall, pulled aside her tights and raped her before she kneed him and fled the shop.
In his deposition, Trump claimed that Carroll made up the story, calling it “a false, disgusting lie” delivered by a “nut job” making an attempt to stoke gross sales of her book. He repeated his previous comments that she was not his “type.” He said…
“She’s not my sort and that’s 100% true.”
In a 2005 “Access Hollywood” video Trump, who plans to “Make America Great Again” if he’s elected president once more bragged that men who’re celebrities can grab girls by the “pussy” with out asking. He said…
“Historically that’s true with stars.” Read the complete transcript HERE.
Carroll filed a lawsuit against Trump in November 2019, moments after a New York state law was passed permitting grownup victims of sexual assault to sue their attackers even after a number of years.
Carroll’s lawyer, Roberta Kaplan, wrote a letter to the judge on Sunday, complaining that Trump hasn’t deleted the posts he made on his social media network on April 26, the place he referred to as the allegations “a made-up SCAM.”

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