Trump Abruptly Returns To NYC To Confront His Accuser And ‘Hostile’ Judge

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Former President Donald Trump took a break from his round of golf in Scotland to respond to inquiries from the media about the continuing rape trial brought by author E. Jean Carroll.

“Will you attend the trial, Mr. President?” one reporter asked.

“I’m probably attending and I probably will and I think its a disgrace. It’s a disgrace that it’s allowed to happen against a rich guy or in my case, against a famous, rich and political person that’s leading the polls by 40 points,” he continued.

“And I have to go back for a woman that made a false accusation about me, and I have a judge who is extremely hostile and I’m going to go back and I’m going to confront this. But this woman is a disgrace and it shouldn’t be allowed to happen in our country. You go to work,” he added.


Carroll, a journalist, columnist, and novelist from the United States, said that the late President Donald Trump had molested her in a department store changing room in the middle of the 1990s. In her book “What Do We Need Men For?,” published in 2019, Carroll leveled the charge. In “A Modest Proposal,” she describes the purported meeting.

The charges have been refuted by Trump, who has termed them “totally false” and a “hoax.” In addition, he claimed that he had never met Carroll and that she was not his type. Carroll responded by suing Trump for defamation, claiming that his denials had harmed her career and reputation.

Of the accusations she made against Trump, Carroll said from the stand on Wednesday, “I’m here because Donald Trump raped me, and when I wrote about it, he said it didn’t happen; he lied. He shattered my reputation, and I’m here to try to get my life back.”

Trump asked for a trial postponement in Carroll’s defamation and violence case last month, citing the necessity for a “cooling off” time given the extensive media coverage of his indictment in Manhattan last month.

The trial was scheduled to begin on April 25, and the defendant requested a one-month postponement. Kaplan, a senior federal judge in the Southern District of New York who was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1994, denied the motion, declaring, “There is no justification for an adjournment. This case is entirely unrelated to the state prosecution.”

Mediate reported more of the drama leading up to the trial. “In the days before the trial started, Trump posted insults on social media that did not amuse Judge Lewis Kaplan, to say the least. Tacopina told the court he would ‘try to address’ the public postings about the case ‘with my client.’”

“Well, I hope you’re more successful,” Kaplan said in response, according to Raw Story, adding that Trump “may or may not be tampering with a new source of potential liability. … And I think you know what I mean.”

“Developments in at least one of these matters, as well as actions and statements by Mr. Trump in relation to any, may well give rise to intense publicity that, in some respects, Mr. Trump might claim to be prejudicial in this case,” Kaplan noted. “Mr. Trump’s suggestion that a one-month trial postponement, in this case, would ensure the absence of any such developments in the period immediately preceding jury selection is not realistic.”


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