Accused of rape, Donald Trump confuses his alleged victim with his ex-wife in a photo

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, a former columnist for ‘Elle’ magazine, who accuses him of raping her in a fitting room of a New York department store in 1995 or 1996.

The two produced their sworn depositions last October. During his October 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; then it never happened. But when shown a photo of himself with E. Jean Carroll at a 1990s reception, he replied, “That’s Marla, that’s my wife,” before his own lawyer Alina Habba said. the corrected. Donald Trump was married from 1993 to 1999 to actress Marla Maples, 59, and met his current wife Melania in 1998.

New law

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.

Regarding the rape charges, E. Jean Carroll was unable to file a complaint in 2019 since the alleged facts were time-barred.

However, on November 24, 2022, a New York State law came into force (“Adult Survivors Act”) allowing, for one year, victims of sexual assault to relaunch their civil legal action. E. Jean Carroll 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. .

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