Trump’s trial Procedures started on raping a journalist


Proceedings for the trial of former US President Donald Trump began on Tuesday, as Journalist and writer Elizabeth Jean Carroll in a civil lawsuit for raping her in a department store fitting room in the mid-1990s.

Jury selection began in Manhattan federal court in this case, in which Carroll also accuses him of defamation.

Trump, 76, denies raping Carroll, 79, as he called Carroll’s lawsuit a “fraud” and “total hoax” in a post on his TruthSocial social media platform.

Trump also said she fabricated the lawsuit to promote her autobiography, and said “she wasn’t his type!”

The trial is expected to last a week or two.

Trump wasn’t in the courtroom and was not required to be present, and his lawyers have indicated that he won’t need to testify in his defense.

Carroll’s attorneys also don’t plan to call Trump to testify.

Carole is seeking unspecified damages for what she describes as severe pain and suffering, ongoing psychological harm and invasion of privacy.

The pleadings will begin, in the absence of Trump, certainly, before the Federal Civil Court in Manhattan, after selecting the jury that will decide the value of the compensation that this former 79-year-old journalist.

It’s a sensitive case of alleged defamation over allegations of rape, open since 2019 between Carroll and Trump.

The former journalist says that the former Republican president assaulted her in a store in New York City, and deliberately defamed her when she revealed the incident years later.

Trump denies the charges against him in a case that is only one of a series of legal procedures he faces that may hinder his candidacy for the 2024 US elections and his quest for a second term in the White House, where he spent four years between 2017 and 2021.

The start of the new trial procedures comes after Trump appeared in court in early April in criminal cases related to paying money to a former porn star to buy her silence before the 2016 presidential election, which he won at the expense of his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Trump became the first former or sitting US president to be charged with a criminal offense, and he has also pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Carroll, a former journalist and opinion writer for Elle magazine, says that Trump raped her in the dressing room of a luxury clothing store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan in the mid-nineties, noting that this assault occurred after he asked for her for shopping advice.

Carroll revealed this for the first time in excerpts from her book published by “New York Magazine” in 2019.

Trump responded at the time, saying that he had never met her and that she was “completely lying”.

Trump also said that she was “not one of his favorite women,” and his lawyers reported at the time that he was protected by his immunity as head of state.

The journalist sued Trump for defamation for the first time in 2019, but was unable to include the rape charge because the statutory statute of limitations had expired.

However, a new law that became effective in New York as of November gives rape victims the right to sue even if decades have passed since they were sexually assaulted.

It gives them one year, after its issuance, to do so.

Carroll’s lawyers filed a complaint accusing Trump of beating her when he raped her and forcibly grabbed her.

The complaint also includes a charge of defamation, as a result of a post by Trump on social media platforms, in which he considered her to be “insane”.

The complaint sought unspecified damages for psychological harm, pain and suffering, insult to dignity, and reputational damage.

Trump is not expected to testify, as Carroll’s lawyers confirmed that they do not intend to request to hear him in the trial, which is expected to extend from one to two weeks.

The trial was supposed to start on April 10, but it was postponed to Tuesday.

Both sides gave their sworn statements in October.

During his video testimony released by the judiciary in January, Trump reiterated his position, saying, “I say this with the greatest of respect: first, she isn’t one of my favorite women, and second, it never happened.”

Among the most prominent cases haunting the forty-fifth president of the United States are the accusations leveled against him of exerting pressure on officials of the electoral process in the state of Georgia in 2020, in addition to an investigation regarding his handling of the White House archives.

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