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

Accused by a journalist, E. Jean Carroll, of rape in the 1990sformer US President Donald Trump confused her in a photo with his ex-wife Marla Maplesaccording to a court document from an October deposition in New York.

A first trial in April

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 dressing room at a New York department store in 1995 or 1996.

A double civil case for alleged defamation and rape has pitted this journalist, former columnist for Elle magazine, against Donald Trump, 76, billionaire businessman and Republican president in 2017, before federal justice in Manhattan since 2019, then 2022. to 2021.

The two produced their sworn depositions last October.

“She’s not my type”

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 greatest respect: first of all, she is not my type; then it never happened. »

But when shown a photo of himself with E. Jean Carroll at a 1990s party, he replied: “It’s Marla, it’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.

In the defamation suit, E. Jean Carroll sued Trump in November 2019. She accuses him of defaming her for calling in June of that year a “complete lie” her rape allegations.

A new law that changed the situation

The tenant of the White House at the time always replied that E. Jean Carroll was not “not his kind of woman” and his lawyers claimed he was protected, in 2019, by his head of state immunity.

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 came into force (“Adult Survivors Act”) 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.

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