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NEW YORK (AP) — For many years, former President Donald Trump has seemed to shake off allegations, investigations and even impeachments. Now his “Teflon Don” popularity is about to face a brand new check: a jury of common residents in a lawsuit accusing him of rape.

Jury choice is scheduled to start Tuesday in a trial over former recommendation columnist’s E. Jean Carroll’s declare that Trump raped her almost three a long time in the past in a division retailer dressing room. He denies it.

The trial is in a federal civil court docket, which means that regardless of the end result, Trump is not at risk of going to jail. He is not required to be in court docket, both, and his attorneys have indicated he most likely won’t testify.

However the trial, which comes as Trump is once more operating for president, nonetheless has the potential to be politically damaging for the Republican. The jury is poised to listen to a reprisal of tales of sexual misconduct that rocked his 2016 presidential marketing campaign, allegations he claimed had been falsehoods spun as much as attempt to cease him from profitable.

The trial additionally comes a month after he pleaded not guilty in an unrelated legal case surrounding funds made to bury accounts of alleged extramarital intercourse.

Carroll is predicted to testify about an opportunity encounter with Trump in late 1995 or early 1996 that she says turned violent.

She says that after operating into the longer term president at Manhattan’s Bergdorf Goodman, he invited her to buy with him for a lady’s lingerie present earlier than they teased each other to strive on a garment. Carroll says they ended up alone collectively in a retailer dressing room, the place Trump pushed her in opposition to a wall and raped earlier than she fought him off and fled.

Since Carroll first made her accusations in a 2019 memoir, Trump has vehemently denied {that a} rape ever occurred or that he even knew Carroll, a longtime columnist for Elle journal.

Trump has labeled Carroll a “nut job” and “mentally sick.” He claimed she fabricated the rape declare to spice up gross sales of her guide.

“She’s not my type,” he has mentioned repeatedly, though throughout sworn questioning in October, he additionally misidentified her in {a photograph} as his ex-wife Marla Maples.

Jurors are additionally anticipated to listen to from two different girls who say they had been sexually assaulted by Trump.

Jessica Leeds is ready to testify that Trump tried to place his hand up her skirt on a 1979 flight on which the 2 had been assigned neighboring seats. Natasha Stoynoff, a former Individuals journal workers author, will testify that Trump pinned her in opposition to a wall and forcibly kissed her at his Florida mansion when she went there in 2005 to interview Trump and his then-pregnant spouse Melania Trump.

Jurors may even see the notorious 2005 “Access Hollywood” video during which Trump is heard making misogynistic remarks about girls, together with an assertion that celebrities can seize, even sexually, girls with out asking.

Carroll’s allegations usually can be too outdated to deliver to court docket. However in November, New York state enacted a law permitting for fits over decades-old sexual abuse claims.

The trial may even embrace a defamation declare that Carroll introduced in opposition to Trump over disparaging remarks he made about her in response to the rape allegations.

The jurors’ names will likely be withheld from each the general public and the attorneys, to guard them in opposition to potential harassment.

Decide Lewis A. Kaplan, who will preside over the trial, rejected a request by Trump’s lawyers that jurors be advised that the ex-president needed to spare the town the disruption his presence would possibly trigger.

Kaplan famous that Trump has a New Hampshire marketing campaign occasion scheduled for Thursday, the third day of the trial.

“If the Secret Service can shield him at that occasion, actually the Secret Service, the Marshals Service, and the Metropolis of New York can see to his safety on this very safe federal courthouse,” Kaplan wrote in an order.

Trump might nonetheless resolve to attend the trial and testify. If he doesn’t, the jury could be proven excerpts from his deposition, which was recorded on video.

On Monday, Kaplan instructed attorneys on each side to not say something in entrance of potential jurors Tuesday about who’s paying authorized charges.

Earlier this month, the choose let Trump’s lawyers question Carroll for an extra hour after it was revealed that her attorneys had obtained funding from American Future Republic, a company funded by LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman. In earlier questioning, Carroll mentioned the attorneys had been relying solely on contingency charges.

The Related Press usually doesn’t title individuals who say they’ve been sexually assaulted until they arrive ahead publicly, as Carroll, Leeds and Stoynoff have completed.

By Maggi

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