In the ongoing legal saga surrounding former President Donald Trump, a new development unfolded in his defamation trial, where he faced accusations from E. Jean Carroll. Carroll had sued Trump for $10 million, asserting that he defamed her in 2019 following her allegations of sexual assault in the 1990s.
Despite Judge Lewis Kaplan's prior ruling that Trump had defamed Carroll, the settlement amount remains undetermined. Notably, Carroll had previously won a civil case against Trump, receiving a $5 million award from a jury that acknowledged her as a victim of defamation and sexual assault, although they did not support her claim of rape.
Judge Snaps at Trump, Only Lets Him Testify for a Few Minutes: 'Keep Your Voice Down' https://t.co/L9KFmwxZSP
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Before taking the stand, Trump engaged in a tense exchange with the judge and his attorney regarding the anticipated questions. Trump, true to form, expressed discontent about never having met Carroll, prompting Judge Kaplan to swiftly intervene and advise him to lower his voice.
During his testimony, Trump exceeded the boundaries set by the judge. He declared Carroll's allegations false, leading the judge to instruct the jury to disregard everything said thereafter. Trump attempted to justify himself by stating his intent to protect his family, himself, and the presidency, prompting another directive from the judge to disregard those statements.
In a desperate bid to influence the jury, Trump reacted visibly when Carroll's previous trial was mentioned, prompting the judge to put an end to such behavior. Despite these incidents, as Trump exited the courtroom, reports indicate he exclaimed, "This is not America. Not America. This is not America," showcasing his penchant for dramatic parting comments.
With Trump involved, a trial is anything but dull, resembling a circus with its theatrics and unexpected moments. Amidst the drama, it falls on the judge to maintain order and ensure a fair trial. The question of whether the judge is being unfair to Trump is subjective, but one thing is certain – Trump's world is never short of captivating moments.