NEW YORK (AP) — A jury in New York Metropolis is about to start deliberations Tuesday in a civil trial over recommendation columnist E. Jean Carroll’s claims that Donald Trump raped her in a luxurious Manhattan division retailer in 1996.
U.S. District Decide Lewis A. Kaplan will learn directions on the regulation to the nine-person jury for about an hour before jurors begin discussing the civil claims of battery and defamation.
In the event that they imagine Carroll, jurors can award compensatory and punitive damages. Trump, who didn’t attend the trial, has insisted he by no means sexually assaulted Carroll or knew her.
Trump’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, instructed the jury in closing arguments Monday that Carroll’s story is just too far fetched to be believed. He mentioned she made it as much as gasoline gross sales of a 2019 memoir the place she first publicly revealed her claims and to disparage Trump for political causes.
Carroll’s lawyer, Roberta Kaplan, cited excerpts from Trump’s October deposition and his infamous feedback on a 2005 “Entry Hollywood” video during which he mentioned celebrities can seize girls between the legs with out asking.
She urged jurors to imagine her shopper.
“He didn’t even trouble to indicate up right here in particular person,” Kaplan mentioned, referring to Trump’s absence from court docket in the course of the two weeks of trial. She mentioned a lot of what he mentioned in his deposition and in public statements “really helps our aspect of the case.”
“In a really actual sense, Donald Trump is a witness towards himself,” she mentioned. “He is aware of what he did. He is aware of that he sexually assaulted E. Jean Carroll.”
Carroll, 79, testified that she had an opportunity encounter with Trump on the Bergdorf Goodman retailer throughout the road from Trump Tower. She mentioned it was a lighthearted interplay during which they teased one another about attempting on a bit of lingerie earlier than Trump turned violent inside a dressing room.
Tacopina instructed jurors there was no motive to name Trump as a witness when Carroll cannot even recall when her encounter with Trump occurred.
He instructed the jury Carroll made up her claims after listening to a few 2012 “Regulation and Order” episode during which a lady is raped within the dressing room of the lingerie part of a Bergdorf Goodman retailer.
“They modeled their secret scheme on an episode of one of the crucial widespread exhibits on tv,” he mentioned of Carroll.
Two of Carroll’s associates testified that she instructed them concerning the encounter with Trump shortly after it occurred, a few years earlier than the “Regulation and Order” episode aired.