Trump denies raping E. Jean Carroll or pressuring any woman to have sex with him in newly opened testimony

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Former President Donald Trump has denied sexually assaulting former E. magazine columnist Jean Carroll and said he never pressured a woman to have sex with him in an affidavit transcript that was revealed on Friday.

“But it is a false accusation. Never happened. Never would,” Trump said of Carroll’s allegation that Trump raped her in a New York department store in the mid-1990s. He went on to criticize Carroll as a “freakhead” in her testimony.

The previous Friday, Judge Lewis Kaplan ordered portions of Trump’s testimony in Carroll’s defamation lawsuit to be released, denying Trump’s request to keep it out of the public domain.

Carroll first sued Trump in 2019 for defamation after he denied the rape charge. She filed a second lawsuit against Trump in November under a new law that allowed her to sue for assault, although the statute of limitations on the offense had passed and she included the October statement that she says is also defamatory.

Trump acknowledged in testimony that he wrote and posted the October 2022 statement on Truth Social, the social media platform he uses. In the statement, Trump called Carroll’s allegations a “fraud” and “a massive hoax.” In his deposition, he reiterated earlier comments that he didn’t know Carroll and that she’s not his type.

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Trump said that while it’s not “politically correct” to say she’s not his type, he said he had to stand up for himself. He added that it wasn’t meant to be an insult.

“Because I was offended by this woman’s lie. Because I was offended that she made up a story out of thin air,” Trump testified to explain why he issued the statement in October.

He called it a “great statement”.

Trump has threatened to sue Carroll’s lawyers representing other clients in lawsuits filed against Trump.

When asked if he has ever kissed a woman without her consent, Trump testified: “Well, I don’t… I can’t think of any complaints. But not. I mean, I don’t think so. He also denied all touching a woman’s breasts or buttocks.

Carroll’s attorney Roberta Kaplan asked Trump, “Have you ever pressured a woman to have sex with you?”

“The answer is no. But you might have some people like your client who are willing to lie,” Trump testified.

Also on Friday, Judge Kaplan denied Trump’s motion to dismiss Carroll’s lawsuit.

“Sir. Trump’s arguments regarding Ms. Carroll’s requests for relief are without merit,” the judge wrote in his opinion.

In a filing motion filed in December, Trump alleged that New York’s law, the Adult Survivors Act, violated the state constitution’s due process protections.

In his opinion, the judge cited an earlier ruling that provided that, as long as a receivership law is “a reasonable measure to deal with an injustice,” it is consistent with the state’s Due Process Clause. “The answer is obvious,” he said.

Trump’s December motion also called the additional defamation claim Carroll is bringing in the lawsuit “baseless and legally defective.”

The judge wrote that Trump’s argument “falls short,” adding that Carroll “sufficiently stated” the requirements of that claim.

“While we are disappointed in the Court’s decision, we intend to immediately appeal the order and continue to defend our client’s constitutionally protected rights,” Trump attorney Alina Habba said in a statement.

“We are pleased, though not surprised, that Judge Kaplan denied Donald Trump’s motion to dismiss and upheld the constitutionality of the New York Adult Survivors Act,” Carroll’s attorney Roberta Kaplan said in a statement. “We are looking forward to the trial in April.”

This story has been updated with additional details.

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