In a lawsuit against former President Donald Trump, a former advice columnist claims that he raped her in the 1990s. A jury of six men and three women was selected to hear the case on Tuesday in New York. Later in the day, opening comments were anticipated. As Trump runs for office once more, the federal civil trial will test his reputation as a “Teflon Don” who can overcome significant legal issues. It will also rehash allegations of the kind of sexual misbehavior that rocked his 2016 campaign. The jury was chosen after being questioned about their background, news-watching habits, and more. They were asked if they had donated to political campaigns, supported any of a number of right- and left-wing organizations, used Trump’s social media platform, read Carroll’s former Elle magazine column, and even if they had watched Trump’s former reality show “The Apprentice.” He denies E Jean Carroll’s claim and all the others, saying they were fabrications created to harm him. One claimed to follow news by watching “everything,” while another claimed not to. Since the trial is being held in a federal civil court, Trump will not be facing any jail time regardless of the decision. The trial takes place a month after he entered a not guilty plea in a separate criminal case involving payments made to cover up accounts of alleged extramarital sex. Carroll is anticipated to testify about a chance encounter she had with Trump in late 1995 or early 1996 that she claims turned violent. He is not required to be present in court, either, and his attorneys have said he is likely not going to testify. Carroll’s defamation lawsuit against Trump for remarks he made about her in reaction to the rape claims will also be part of the trial. She claims that after she met the future president at Manhattan’s Bergdorf Goodman, he persuaded her to shop with him for a woman’s lingerie gift before they teased one another to try on a garment. She is asking for unspecified damages and a retraction. Carroll claims she and Trump ended up alone in a store dressing room, where Trump allegedly raped her before she fought him off and fled.Since Carroll first made her accusations in a 2019 memoir, Trump has vehemently denied both that a rape ever took place and that he even knew Carroll.Trump has branded Carroll a “nut job” and “mentally sick.” He claimed she made up the rape claim to increase book sales. âShe is not Jurors will also view the infamous 2005 “Access Hollywood” video in which Trump is heard making misogynistic remarks about women, including the claim that celebrities can grab, even sexually, women without asking. Natasha Stoynoff, a former People magazine staff writer, will testify that Trump pinned her against a wall and forcibly kissed her at his Florida mansion when she went there in 2005 to interview Trump and his then-pregnant wife Melania Trump. However, New York State passed legislation allowing lawsuits related to alleged sexual abuse that occurred decades ago. Kaplan, who will preside over the trial, rejected a request from Trump’s attorneys to inform jurors that the former president wanted to avoid any disruption his presence might cause to the city. However, Trump may still decide to attend and testify. On Monday, Kaplan issued instructions to attorneys on both sides not to discuss who is paying legal fees in front of potential jurors Tuesday. Earlier this month, the judge allowed Trump’s attorneys to question Carroll for an additional hour after it emerged that her lawyers had received funding from American Future Republic, a group funded by LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman. If he does not, the jury may be shown excerpts from his deposition, which was videotaped. The Associated Press normally does not name anyone who claim to have been sexually assaulted unless they come forward publicly, as Carroll, Leeds, and Stoynoff have done. However, during earlier questioning, Carroll claimed the lawyers were entirely depending on contingency payments.
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