Donald Trump called rape accuser E. Jean Carroll ‘mentally sick’ and a ‘nut job’
Ex-President Donald Trump called his rape accuser E. Jean Carroll ‘mentally sick’ and a ‘nut job,’ according to a newly unsealed deposition.
According to the transcript, Trump said under oath: ‘She said that I did something to her that never took place. There was no anything. I know nothing about this nut job.’
The deposition took place in October 2022. In another section, the 2024 presidential candidate said: ‘I know nothing about her. I think she’s sick, mentally sick.’ Trump reiterated his claim that Carroll was ‘not his type.’
The release of excerpts from the deposition came the same day as federal Judge Lewis A. Kaplan also refused a request by Trump’s lawyers to toss out two lawsuits by Carroll alleging defamation and rape. An April trial is planned.
In releasing the transcript, Kaplan called Trump’s legal team’s arguments to keep the sealed as ‘entirely baseless.’
Carroll is suing the president for defamation for claims he made publicly about her after she came forward with her allegations that Trump raped her in the fitting room of Manhattan department store Bergdorf-Goodman in the mid-1990s.
In releasing the transcript, Judge Lewis Kaplan called Trump’s legal team’s arguments to keep the sealed as ‘entirely baseless’
Trump said the encounter with Carroll in the mid-1990s at an upscale Manhattan department store never happened
Trump said the encounter with Carroll in the upscale Manhattan department store never happened.
In his daylong testimony, he repeatedly attacked Carroll’s depiction of him as a rapist.
Trump said he knew it wasn’t ‘politically correct’ to say ‘she’s not my type’ when he responded to claims shortly after Carroll’s 2019 book was published, and the writer alleged that she was attacked by Trump in a dressing room after a chance encounter with him in an upscale Manhattan department store in late 1995 or early 1996.
During his time as president, Trump attacked Carroll repeatedly and alleged that her claims were made up as a means to sell a book. He has denied knowing Carroll, calling the former Elle columnist’s rape allegations, first made public in 2019, ‘a complete con job.’
In deposition Trump echoed his previous statements in which he said that Carroll was not attractive enough to be sexually assaulted by him.
The prospective 2024 nominee said: ‘She is not a woman I would ever be attracted to. There is no reason for me to be attracted to her. It’s not even meant to be an isult. There’s no way I would ever be attracted to her. Now, some people would be attracted to her perhaps. I would never be attracted to her.’
In his testimony, Trump said of Carroll: ‘She is not a woman I would ever be attracted to. There is no reason for me to be attracted to her’
In Carroll’s testimony, which was released in December, she said that the ‘music had stopped’ in her love life after she was raped by Donald Trump.
During the videotaped deposition, Carroll said she didn’t develop any new romantic relationships after her encounter with Trump at Bergdorf Goodman. She said she hasn’t had sex since 1994 or 1995.
‘Looking back on it, it may have been what happened at Bergdorf’s,’ she said.
Carroll is suing Trump for defamation, saying his denials and disparaging comments damaged her reputation.
Her civil claims were recently updated to include rape upon the enactment of a New York State law that temporarily allows sexual assault victims to sue their abusers for crimes that occurred even decades ago.
Under questioning by Trump’s attorney, Alina Habba, Carroll acknowledged she initially didn’t want to tell people she was raped.
‘Women who have been raped are looked at in this society as less, are looked at as spoiled goods, are looked at as rather dumb to let themselves get attacked,’ she said.
Carroll continued: ‘I’m looked at as a woman who’s untrustworthy, looked at now as a woman who can’t be believed. I’m looked at as a woman who was stupid and dumb enough to have happen to her what happened to her.’
Trump leaves the stage after speaking during an event at his Mar-a-Lago home on November 15, 2022 in Palm Beach
At one point, Trump took aim at Carroll’s lawyers saying: ‘She’s accusing me of rape, a woman that I have no idea who she is. It came out of the blue. She’s accusing me of raping her, the worst thing you can do, the worst charge.’
He went on: ‘And you know it’s not true too. You’re a political operative also. You’re a disgrace. But she’s accusing me and so are you of rape, and it never took place.’
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