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Donald Trump on day 2 of his trial for defamation of author E. Jean Carroll, in New York, January 17, 2024

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The atmosphere was tense on the second day of Donald Trump's defamation trial in New York. After loudly commenting with his lawyers on the testimony of the plaintiff, E. Jean Carroll, 80, the judge asked the 45th president of the United States to tone down, because if he “has the right to be present […], this right can be taken away,” said the magistrate of the federal civil court in Manhattan.

I imagine you would like me to do that? asked Justice Lewis Kaplan. I would love that, Donald Trump retorted with sarcasm.

The former President of the United States, who dreams of becoming one again, is commuting this week between his campaign for the first Republican primaries and the Manhattan courthouse with the ambition of also making one political forum.

At the opening of the trial on Tuesday, the judicial press which had access to the courtroom reported that the two The protagonists had not exchanged a single glance all day. Mr. Trump remained silent in court, but he still attacked Ms. Carroll on his social network.

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Sexual attacker, liar and defamer: Donald Trump was the target, Wednesday, of his accuser in an electric atmosphere.

I'm here because Donald Trump [sexually] assaulted me, and when I wrote about it, he lied, and he destroyed my reputation, she whispered. in front of the nine jurors, according to television channels CNN and NBC, who have access to the courtroom.

The author E. Jean Carroll, who had already ordered Trump in 2023 to pay compensation for sexual assault, faced for a second day the man she has accused for years of having raped her there almost 30 years ago.

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“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.

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