Accused by a journalist, E. Jean Carroll, of rape in the 1990s, former US President Donald Trump confused her in a photo with his ex-wife Marla Maples, according to a court document from an October deposition in New York.
Former US President Donald Trump, 76, is scheduled to appear in New York court on April 10, 2023 in a defamation lawsuit brought by E. Jean Carroll, 79, who accuses him of raping her in a cabin fitting room in a New York department store in 1995 or 1996.
A double civil case for alleged defamation and rape has pitted E. Jean Carroll, former Elle magazine columnist, against Donald Trump, 76, billionaire businessman and Republican president, before federal justice in Manhattan since 2019, then 2022. from 2017 to 2021. The two produced their sworn depositions last October.
During his Oct. 19 testimony via video link – made public this week – Donald Trump reaffirmed his line of defence: “I will say this with the utmost respect: first she is not my type; second, this is not my type; never happened”. But when shown a photo of him with E. Jean Carroll at a 1990s reception, he replied, “That’s Marla, that’s my wife” before his own attorney Alina Habba corrected him. . Donald Trump was married from 1993 to 1999 to actress Marla Maples, 59, and met his current wife Melania in 1998.
Donald Trump, who denies raping columnist E. Jean Carroll, saying she was ‘not (his) type’, confused her during her deposition in this photo (she is on the left) with her ex- wife Marla Maples.https://t.co/ohABrQyJt1 pic.twitter.com/AzRZevA5ba
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In the defamation suit, E. Jean Carroll sued Trump in November 2019. She accuses him of defaming her for calling her rape allegations a “complete lie” in June of that year. The tenant of the White House at the time always replied that E. Jean Carroll was “not his kind of woman” and his lawyers claimed that he was protected, in 2019, by his immunity as head of state . As for the accusations of rape, E. Jean Carroll had not been able to file a complaint in 2019 since the alleged facts were prescribed.
However, on November 24, 2022, a New York State law (“Adult Survivors Act”) came into force allowing, for one year, victims of sexual assault to relaunch their civil legal action. The alleged victim therefore filed a new complaint in November in New York for “defamation” but also “assault” and “assault” and requested a civil trial for damages, which is to be held on April 10.