The judge overseeing the civil rape lawsuit involving E. Jean Carroll in which Donald Trump is accused of defamation was not amused by the former president’s antics on social media and chastised him for being “entirely inappropriate.”
On Wednesday, journalist and columnist Carroll began giving testimony in a courtroom in Manhattan; however, Trump was not obliged to be present. Instead, he took to his social media platform, Truth Social, to express his thoughts on the accusations lobbed against him. This didn’t go over well with Carroll whose attorney read Trump’s statements out in court:
They got caught lying! The Miss Bergdorf Goodman case is financed by a big political donor that they tried to hide. Does anybody believe that I would take a then almost 60 year old woman that I didn’t know, from the front door of a very crowded department store, (with me being very well known, to put it mildly!), into a tiny dressing room, and …. her. She didn’t scream? There are no witnesses? Nobody saw this? She never made a police complaint? If I was seen there with a woman-BIG PRESS. SCAM!
In a subsequent post, Carroll was accused of using “the ol’ Monica Lewinsky stuff” to frame him:
The E. Jean Carroll case, Ms. Bergdorf Goodman, is a made up SCAM. Her lawyer is a political operative, financed by a big political donor that they said didn’t exist, only to get caught lying about that. Just look at her CNN interview before & after the commercial break – Like a different person. She said there was a dress, using the ol’ Monica Lewinsky “stuff”, then she didn’t want to produce it. The dress should be allowed to be part of the case. This is a fraudulent & false story–Witch Hunt!
Judge Lewis Kaplan was informed by Trump’s attorney Joe Tacopina that he would “try to address” the public comments made about the case “with my client.”
“Well, I hope you’re more successful,” Judge Kaplan responded. He continued that Trump “may or may not be tampering with a new source of potential liability. … And I think you know what I mean.”
Tacopina was instructed by the judge on the first day of trial to inquire as to whether or not his client would be testifying or attending court so that he may offer his thoughts on the case under oath.
Earlier this month, at his arraignment in connection with the Stormy Daniels hush money business fraud case, Trump received a warning over his social media postings.
Carroll accuses Trump of raping her in the 1996 dressing room of the Bergdorf Goodman department store in Manhattan, and she is suing him for slander. She said during her testimony in court on Wednesday that the anguish from the alleged assault was something she could “still feel”.
“I always think back to why I walked in there to get myself in that situation,” Carroll told jurors in emotional testimony on day two of the trial. “I know people have been through a lot worse than this, but it left me unable to ever have a romantic life again.”
According to court documents, Trump laughed off the ridiculousness of a social media post being used as a pointt of contention during his deposition.
“It’s ridiculous to think an incident like that could happen in a department store,” he said. “So I say that sometimes to people. And I say can you imagine this? The concept of this? And it’s me. I — you know, a very famous person. It’s a disgrace. Frankly it’s a disgrace that something like that can be brought.”
According to the judge, the trial can go on for five to ten days.