Donald Trump rejects ultimate chance to testify in rape trial

Former United States President Donald Trump, who as soon as claimed it was fantastic to “Grab ‘em (women) by the pussy,” declined his final probability to testify at a civil trial the place he is accused of raping a US journalist in a luxurious department retailer dressing room in 1996.
The trial has been ongoing for 2 weeks, with Elizabeth Jean Carroll seeking tens of millions of dollars in damages. Despite being given until yesterday by US District Judge Lewis A Kaplan to file a request to testify, Trump didn’t file anything.
It was not stunning, as he has not appeared as quickly as in the course of the trial. The jury has watched excerpts from an October deposition by which Trump denied raping Carroll or figuring out her. Without Trump’s testament, the defence rested their case with out calling any witnesses, reported Aljazeera.
Trump’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, didn’t request additional time for Trump to testify and declined to touch upon the matter. Lawyers are set to make closing arguments, with deliberations likely to begin the following day.
Kaplan had given the former president extra time to request to testify. However, the judge didn’t promise to grant such a request to reopen the defence case so Trump could take the stand.
On Thursday, Kaplan had heard news reviews in which Trump advised reporters while visiting his golf course in Doonbeg, Ireland, that he would “probably attend” the trial. Cheat sheet criticised Kaplan, a Bill Clinton appointee, as an “extremely hostile” and “rough judge” who “doesn’t like me very much.”
The 79 12 months old Carrol testified on the witness stand that the 76 yr outdated Trump raped her in early 1996 after they met on the entrance of the midtown Manhattan division retailer Bergdorf Goodman.
She recounted how the encounter started as a fun and flirtatious outing where Trump coaxed her into serving to him shop for a present for an additional lady. They ended up within the store’s desolate lingerie section, where they teased one another to strive 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 store.
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 earlier comments that she was not his “type.” He said…
“She’s not my type and that’s 100% true.”
In a 2005 “Access Hollywood” video Trump, who plans to “Make America Great Again” if he’s elected president again bragged that men who are celebrities can seize ladies by the “pussy” without asking. He said…
“Historically that’s true with stars.” Read the complete transcript HERE.
Carroll filed a lawsuit in opposition to Trump in November 2019, moments after a New York state regulation was passed allowing adult victims of sexual assault to sue their attackers even after a quantity of years.
Carroll’s lawyer, Roberta Kaplan, wrote a letter to the choose on Sunday, complaining that Trump hasn’t deleted the posts he made on his social media network on April 26, where he known as the allegations “a made-up SCAM.”

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