NEW YORK: Contemporary off a marketing campaign victory in Iowa, Donald Trump sat in a New York courtroom on Tuesday (Jan 16) to defend himself for a second time towards prices that he defamed author E. Jean Carroll after she accused him of raping her many years in the past.
Trump watched from the defendant’s desk as a nine-person jury was chosen for a civil case that may put allegations of misconduct again within the headlines whereas he pursues the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
Trump sat two tables behind Carroll, who’s accusing Trump of defaming her in 2019 by denying he had attacked her in a Bergdorf Goodman division retailer dressing room in Manhattan. Carroll, 80, is looking for a minimum of $10 million in damages.
US District Choose Lewis Kaplan advised potential jurors they might solely have to think about how a lot Trump ought to pay Carroll in damages, not whether or not the alleged assault came about or whether or not Trump lied about it afterwards. He mentioned the trial is predicted to final three to 5 days. Trump, 77, has mentioned he desires to testify on the civil trial.
MULTIPLE TRUMP CASES IN 2024
He may spend a lot of this yr shuttling between marketing campaign rallies and courtrooms, as he seeks to win the Republican presidential nomination for 2024.
He received the primary state contest in Iowa on Monday by a large margin, and opinion polls present him main within the subsequent contest in New Hampshire every week from at this time.
Trump has pleaded not responsible in 4 legal instances that would probably land him in jail earlier than the November presidential election, together with two that accuse him of attempting to overturn his 2020 loss to Democrat Joe Biden. He is also a defendant in a minimum of two different civil instances.
Trump has solid himself because the sufferer of political persecution. On Tuesday, he mentioned Kaplan ought to dismiss the case.
“Choose Kaplan ought to put this complete corrupt, Crooked Joe Biden-directed Election Interference assault on me instantly to relaxation,” he posted on social media. “He ought to do it for America.”
Trump’s excessive profile was obvious as potential jurors had been screened for the case. Many acknowledged they had been accustomed to Trump’s varied authorized troubles, although none mentioned they knew the main points of the primary defamation trial.
Many mentioned they’d backed Democratic candidates in earlier elections, reflecting the New York Metropolis space’s left-leaning tilt, and one mentioned she had volunteered for Biden’s 2020 marketing campaign.
Two others mentioned they believed Trump’s false claims that the election had been stolen from him. One mentioned she used to work for his daughter Ivanka. They weren’t chosen for the jury.
Jurors’ identities are being saved confidential.