Donald Trump took to Truth Social to claim that the case being handled in the civil rape lawsuit against him following a legal action by former advice columnist E Jean Carroll is “a scam.”
“The case of E. Jean Carroll, Ms. Bergdorf Goodman, is a concocted scam,” the former president wrote Wednesday. “Her lawyer of hers is a political operative, funded by a big political donor who they said didn’t exist, only to get caught lying about it.”
“Just watch her interview on CNN before and after the commercial break: like a different person. She said there was a dress, using the old Monica Lewinsky ‘stuff’, and then she didn’t want to produce it,” she wrote. “The dress must be allowed to be part of the case. This is a fraudulent and false story: Witch hunt!
In a subsequent post, Trump went on to claim that “they got caught lying! The Miss Bergdorf Goodman case is funded by a large political donor that they tried to hide.”
“Does anyone think I would lead a woman then in her late 60’s that I didn’t know, from the front door of a very busy department store (me being very well known, to put it mildly!), into a tiny dressing room, and…. her,” he wrote. “She didn’t scream? There are no witnesses? Did no one see this? Did she ever make a police report? If they saw me there with a woman- BIG PRESS. SCAM!”
Trump’s posts on Truth Social quickly reached court proceedings.
According to Adam Klasfeld of law And Crime, Carroll’s lawyer argued that Trump’s posts violated two court orders, ones ordering the participants not to talk about the lawyers or the issue of the DNA sample.
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Judge Lewis Kaplan said that Trump “for three years refused to give a DNA sample, and now he wants it in the case?”
The judge called the comments “totally inappropriate.”
Trump’s attorney, Joe Tacopina, responded that he would “try to discuss it with my client” and that he would ask Trump to “refrain from making any further posts about this case.”
The judge responded, “Well, I hope he has more success,” adding that Trump “may or may not be manipulating a new source of potential liability. And I think you know what I mean.”
The civil rape trial stems from Carroll’s claim that Trump raped her in a dressing room nearly 30 years ago.
Ms. Carroll, then a magazine writer and television host, bumped into Mr. Trump at the luxury Bergdorf Goodman department store in New York.
As Carroll wrote in his 2019 memoir What do we need men for?, He recognized her as “that lady from the advice.” She knew him as “that real estate mogul.”
Trump allegedly told her that he was there to buy a gift for “a girl” and asked for her help in choosing an appropriate item.
She placed the incident in late 1995 or early 1996 when the future president was married to Marla Maples.
The couple headed to the lingerie section, where Trump suggested she try on a lace bodysuit.
She claims that she jokingly said that she should try it instead.
When they reached the locker room, Carroll alleges that Trump pushed her against a wall, put his hands under her dress and pulled down her stockings.
He then unbuttoned his pants and “forcing his fingers around my private area, he pushes his penis halfway, or completely, I’m not sure, into me,” she wrote.
A “colossal struggle” ensued, he said, and Ms Carroll finally pushed him and ran out of the dressing room. The episode was over in less than three minutes, she wrote.
Carroll’s attorney, Roberta Kaplan, said they tried for three years to get Trump’s DNA sample to compare it to stains found on the dress she was wearing that day.
After refusing to provide a sample, Trump’s lawyers made a last-minute offer to do so earlier this year. Judge Kaplan rejected the offer.