Trump Defends ‘Access Hollywood’ Kissing-Without-Consent Comments In E. Jean Carroll Rape Lawsuit Deposition
An October 2022 video of Donald Trump being interrogated about the rape allegations against him was made public on Friday. Jurors involved in the E. Jean Carroll civil battery and defamation trial had access to written transcripts of the former president’s testimony but not the recording.
In the video deposition, Trump affirmed that he previously made official statements that he did not know Carroll, described her allegations that he raped her in a department store dressing room in the mid-90s as a “hoax” and “a false, disgusting lie” and said she was “not his type.” He also called Carroll several names, including “nut job” and “mentally sick.”
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At another point in the deposition, Trump mistook Carroll for his second wife, Marla Maples, when shown a black-and-white photo of him meeting Carroll in the 1980s.
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Trump was later asked about the notorious 2005 Access Hollywood tape with television host Billy Bush where he boasts about kissing women without consent and grabbing their genitals. He responded by dismissing it as “locker room talk.” He stood by his comment and suggested that powerful men are able to have their way with women by saying, “Historically that’s true with stars.” Trump then responded in the affirmative when Carroll’s attorney, Roberta Kaplan, asked him if he considered himself a star.
Two other women, Jessica Leeds and Natasha Stoynoff, testified during the trial, recalling times they were sexually assaulted by Trump. Leeds said Trump sexually assaulted her while sitting first class on an airplane in the late 70s while Stoynoff claimed Trump forcibly kissed her in 2005 during an interview at Mar-a-Lago for People magazine. Stoynoff went public with her accusation during Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Trump has denied both charges.
Testimony for the trial ended on Thursday, and closing arguments took place on Monday.
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