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Donald Trump and E. Jean Carroll did not exchange a glance all day, which was devoted to the selection of a nine-person civil jury.

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The day after his clear electoral victory in Iowa and before a key vote in New Hampshire, Donald Trump appeared in New York civil court on Tuesday for a second defamation lawsuit filed by an author who had previously convicted of sexual assault in the 1990s.

More than ever a favorite in the Republican primaries after easily winning the Midwest state caucus on Monday, the former President of the United States, 77, kept his word and went as announced to the Manhattan courthouse to face former columnist for the American magazine Elle, Elizabeth Jean Carroll, 80.

According to the judicial press which had access to the courtroom, the two protagonists did not exchange a glance during the day, devoted to the selection of a jury civilian of nine people.

AFP journalists saw the New York businessman's convoy of black limousines leave the courthouse towards 3 p.m. while the Republican tribune is expected at the end of the day for a campaign meeting in the state of New Hampshire, in the Northeast, where the second vote in the Republican primaries will take place on January 23.

If Mr. Trump remained silent in court, he attacked Ms. Carroll on his social network Truth Social: It's hard to believe that I have to defend myself against the bogus story of this woman, he wrote, republishing old excerpts from TV interviews and messages on social networks from his accuser.

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I have never seen this woman in my life […] I have no idea who she is, Donald Trump reaffirmed last week about the writer, continuing to calling her a liar, or a psycho, despite her resounding civil conviction last May to pay her 5 million US dollars for sexual assault in 1996 and defamation in 2022.

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E. Jean Carroll leaves New York federal court after the first day of her defamation trial against former President Donald Trump.

Referred to by less than six civil and criminal trials, the real estate mogul has transformed each of his indictments or appearances into a political platform, multiplying virulent invectives against judges, prosecutors and the Democratic camp of President Joe Biden, whom he accuses of wanting to prevent him from winning the presidential election in November.

It's not me they're targeting. It's you, he proclaims in capital letters on his website, addressing his supporters.

The trial is expected to last several days, but will be limited in substance and time, because Mr. Trump has already been found responsible for the acts alleged by Ms. Carroll.

On May 9, 2023, a jury in the same Manhattan federal civil court unanimously decided that he had sexually assaulted E. Jean Carroll in 1996 in a hotel fitting room. #x27;a New York department store, and that he had also defamed her in October 2022.

The jurors had convicted Donald Trump, who appealed and was never criminally prosecuted in this case, to 5 million US dollars in damages.

But Ms. Carroll had also filed a defamation complaint for previous statements by Donald Trump, in June 2019, in the wake of his first accusations of rape contained in a book.

Then President of the United States (2017-2021), he claimed that the author, who was not his type, had invented everything to sell a new book. The proceedings had been delayed by procedural battles, but a second trial was still scheduled.

A sign of the tensions surrounding the trials of Donald Trump, Judge Lewis Kaplan [who is not related to Ms. Carroll's lawyer, Roberta Kaplan] imposed anonymity on the jurors. He also warned that the only issue at stake at trial will be the harm caused to Ms. Carroll by the comments he already considers to be defamatory, false and malicious.

E. Jean Carroll is seeking at least 10 million US dollars in damages for her moral and professional harm.

In the middle of the primary campaign, the trial goes to once again raise the question of the behavior towards women of Donald Trump, accused several times of sexual assault, but never criminally convicted.

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