Trump lawyer claims rape accuser E. Jean Carroll ‘achieved fame, if not the fortune’ by


Former President Donald Trump‘s attorney, Alina Habba, today claimed E. Jean Carroll achieved ‘fame if not fortune’ by accusing him of raping her. 

Last year, a jury found Trump liable for sexually attacking Carroll in a department store dressing room in the 1990s. 

She is now facing cross examination as part of a trial to determine what damages Trump owes her for defamatory comments where he branded her a ‘liar’ and called the allegations a ‘con job’ and a ‘hoax’.

In the second day of cross-examination, Trump’s attorney Alina Habba tried to prove Carroll hadn’t suffered as a result of the former President’s comments, asking her: ‘So, your reputation in many ways is better today isn’t it Ms Carroll?’ 

Carroll replied: ‘No, my status was lowered. I’m partaking in this trial to bring my own reputation and status back.’

E Jean Carroll is facing a second day of cross-examination in a trial to determine what damages Trump owes her

E Jean Carroll is facing a second day of cross-examination in a trial to determine what damages Trump owes her

Trump's lawyer Alina Habba tried to prove that her reputation and earnings had not been damaged by comments made by the former president

Trump’s lawyer Alina Habba tried to prove that her reputation and earnings had not been damaged by comments made by the former president

E. Jean Carroll enters Manhattan Federal Court, in the second civil trial after she accused former U.S. President Donald Trump of raping her decades ago

E. Jean Carroll enters Manhattan Federal Court, in the second civil trial after she accused former U.S. President Donald Trump of raping her decades ago

Trump, who attended the first two days of the trial, wasn’t in court as he went to Florida to attend the funeral of his mother-in-law.

He went on a furious rant earlier this week after the judge refused to delay the trial for the funeral. 

On Sunday, Trump said at a rally: ‘My wife’s mother, who was incredible and a great beauty inside and out – incredible woman – she just died.

‘And my wife was pretty devastated by that. I have a trial going on, a totally fake trial,’ he added. ‘And we asked the judge if I could take a day off for a funeral for my mother-in-law, who was very close to me also.’

‘And he said, ‘No.’ These are animals. Can you imagine that.’

He had been disruptive in the days he did attend, with Judge Lewis A. Kaplan scolding him after a lawyer for Carroll complained that he was grumbling about the case loudly enough that jurors could hear him.

The judge told the Republican front-runner for the presidency that he might have to consider ejecting him from the trial if he continued making comments loudly enough for jurors to hear. 

Carroll’s lawyer claimed he made remarks including ‘it is a witch hunt’ and ‘it really is a con job.’

On Thursday, Trump attorney Alina Habba confronted Carroll with a series of mean tweets that Trump supporters sent her after reading excerpts of her memoir in a magazine article in June 2019 in which she revealed her claims that Trump raped her.

Habba was trying to show jurors that social media posts that Carroll blamed on statements by Trump were being sent before his statements were released.

‘They follow Donald Trump They want to emulate him,’ Habba said. ‘They’re standing up for the man they admire.’

At one point, the judge shut down the line of questioning, saying it was ‘simply repetitious.’

Trump didn't attend the trial on Thursday as he was in Florida for the funeral of his mother-in-law

Trump didn’t attend the trial on Thursday as he was in Florida for the funeral of his mother-in-law

Trump had an argument with the judge in the case after they refused to delay the trial for the funeral

Trump had an argument with the judge in the case after they refused to delay the trial for the funeral

The trial that began this week pertains only to what, if anything, a jury finds Trump owes Carroll for statements he made as president in June 2019 after excerpts of Carroll’s memoir which described her claims against Trump were published in a magazine.

Carroll has testified that her life changed dramatically after Trump branded her a liar, claimed he never met her and asserted that she made her claims against him to promote her book and damage him politically. 

She said she lives in fear, sleeps with a loaded gun beside her and wishes she could boost her security but doesn’t have enough money.

Last May, a jury in the same courtroom awarded Carroll $5 million in damages after concluding Trump sexually abused her in a Bergdorf Goodman store across the street from Trump Tower in spring 1996 and then defamed her with statements in October 2022.

In that verdict, jurors rejected Carroll´s claim that she was raped, finding Trump responsible for a lesser degree of sexual abuse. 

The judge said the jury´s decision was based on ‘the narrow, technical meaning’ of rape in New York penal law and that, in his analysis, the verdict did not mean that Carroll ‘failed to prove that Mr. Trump `raped´ her as many people commonly understand the word `rape.´’

Trump did not attend that trial and has said recently on the campaign trail that he was advised by his attorney to stay away.

Trump has been animated during his two days in the courtroom this week, shaking his head at testimony he disagreed with, passing notes to his lawyers and speaking to them while jurors were in the room.

E. Jean Carroll entering the Manhattan Federal Court for the second day of cross-examination in the trial

E. Jean Carroll entering the Manhattan Federal Court for the second day of cross-examination in the trial

Judge Lewis Kaplan was forced to scold Trump at one point on a previous day and threatened to throw him out the courtroom

Judge Lewis Kaplan was forced to scold Trump at one point on a previous day and threatened to throw him out the courtroom

During his confrontation with the judge on Wednesday, Trump responded to the threat to eject him from the courtroom with: ‘I would love it.’

That prompted the judge to say: ‘I know you would. You just can´t control yourself in these circumstances, apparently.’

After he left the courthouse Wednesday, Trump told reporters that Kaplan, a Bill Clinton appointee, was ‘a nasty judge’ and a ‘Trump-hating guy’ who was ‘obviously not impartial.’

Sometime next week, the jury will be asked to determine damages. Carroll is seeking $10 million in compensatory damages and substantially more in punitive damages.

Habba said in an opening statement that Carroll should not receive more money, particularly since the death threats and comments she receives on social media are not unusual for public figures with a strong social media presence.

‘Regardless of a few mean tweets, Ms. Carroll is now more famous than she has ever been in her life, and loved and respected by many, which was her goal,’ Habba told jurors.



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