“I'm here because Donald Trump [sexually] assaulted me, and when I wrote about it, he lied, and he destroyed my reputation,” Ms. Carroll testified on day 2 of Trump's trial. Donald Trump, January 17, 2024.
Last May, he was convicted of sexually assaulting E. Jean Carroll in 1996 in a fitting room of a New York department store, and of having also defamed in October 2022. Donald Trump was ordered by the jury to pay him $5 million in damages. He appealed and was never criminally prosecuted in this case.
Despite this court decision, he has not yet been prosecuted. stopped denigrating and insulting his victim, a crazy woman with a bogus story whom he says he has never seen in [his] life.
It's a lie, protested E. Jean Carroll on Wednesday, imploring the jury to restore [his] reputation and demanding $10 million for moral and professional damages.
This second defamation trial is expected to last several days, but it is limited in substance and in time thanks to the first civil judgment last May.
The debates revolve around another defamation complaint from Ms. Carroll for previous statements by Donald Trump, in June 2019, in the wake of his first accusations of rape contained in his book.
Then President of the United States (2017-2021), he claimed that the woman who was not his type had invented everything to sell a new book. The procedure had experienced delays, but this second trial was maintained, and it will also examine comments made by Donald Trump since the spring of 2023.
These new legal setbacks raise the question of Donald Trump's behavior towards women more generally, after numerous accusations of sexual assault never brought to trial in criminal proceedings.
The tycoon and big favorite in the Republican Party primaries, who easily won the Iowa state caucus in the Midwest on Monday, is targeted by at least six civil and criminal trials this year.
Nevertheless, the New York businessman transforms each of his indictments or appearances in political forums. He multiplies the virulent invectives against the justice system and the Democratic camp of President Joe Biden, whom he accuses of wanting to convict him to prevent him from winning the November presidential election.