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E. Jean Carroll’s Lawyer Accuses Trump of Trying to Circumvent Judge’s Orders

Donald Trump’s legal team is facing accusations of attempting to bypass a judge’s rulings in the upcoming defamation civil trial filed by writer E. Jean Carroll. Carroll has accused Trump of defaming her while denying allegations of sexual assault in the 1990s. As the trial’s start date approaches, Trump’s lawyers are alleged to be seeking ways to undermine Carroll’s case by introducing irrelevant and prejudicial evidence.

Separate Lawsuits

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It’s important to note that this defamation lawsuit is distinct from the previous sexual battery and defamation suit brought by Carroll, which concluded in May 2023. In that case, a jury found Trump liable for sexually assaulting Carroll but did not rule on allegations, awarding her $5 million in damages.

Judge’s Ruling

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U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan, presiding over the defamation civil trial, has prohibited Trump’s legal team from arguing that the former president didn’t rape Carroll during this trial. The judge has ruled that such arguments or references to the previous jury’s decision are irrelevant to the defamation case.

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Carroll’s Lawyer’s Accusations

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Roberta Kaplan, E. Jean Carroll’s lawyer, accused Trump’s legal team of planning to introduce evidence during the trial that would undermine Carroll’s credibility despite Judge Kaplan’s orders. She asserted that this evidence could be prejudicial and contrary to the judge’s directives.

Replaying CNN Interview

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One piece of evidence Trump’s team intends to present is a 2019 interview Carroll gave to CNN’s Anderson Cooper, during which she commented that “most people think of rape as sexy.” Carroll’s lawyers argue that this interview will be used to discredit her account of the assault.

Selective Use of Interview Clips

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Trump’s lawyers plan to selectively use portions of the CNN interview, omitting context that clarifies Carroll’s statements. Roberta Kaplan argued that introducing this exchange only implies that Carroll “fabricated her account” or questioned her motives.

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Recalling Witness Carol Martin

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Trump’s legal team intends to call Carol Martin, who previously testified in the sexual battery trial, to testify again. They aim to question Martin about Carroll’s behavior and her alleged enjoyment of attention following her assault claim.

Carroll’s Objections

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Carroll’s lawyer contends that recalling Carol Martin to testify in the defamation trial adds little to present relevant evidence and could confuse the jury. They argue that delving into complex and sensitive issues is outside the trial’s scope.

Seeking Trump’s Comment

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The article notes that Trump’s legal team has been contacted for comment via email but does not specify whether they responded.

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Background on Defamation Lawsuit

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The defamation lawsuit was initially filed in 2019 but has faced delays as Trump claimed absolute immunity, asserting that his comments as president were protected and that denying rape allegations was part of his official White House duties.

Judge’s Previous Ruling

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Judge Kaplan has previously ruled that Trump defamed Carroll with his 2019 comments, and the upcoming civil trial will determine the amount of damages Trump will be required to pay Carroll.

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