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Trump Team Will Not Offer Defense in E. Jean Carroll Rape and Defamation Case

HeadlineMay 04, 2023

Donald Trump’s legal team says they will not put on a defense case in his rape and defamation trial brought by writer E. Jean Carroll. Carroll has accused Trump of raping her in a dressing room at Bergdorf Goodman in the 1990s, then accusing her of lying about it. Earlier this week, Jessica Leeds testified that Trump repeatedly groped her during a flight in the 1970s. Journalist Natasha Stoynoff also took the stand and recounted how Trump allegedly pushed her against a wall and forcibly kissed her during a 2005 photo shoot and interview at Mar-a-Lago. The jury is expected to begin deliberating next Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a judge dismissed Trump’s lawsuit against The New York Times Wednesday, asserting the newspaper’s 2018 reporting on his finances, including the gathering of his tax records, is protected by the First Amendment.

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