Judge grants Alvin Bragg access to Trump's video deposition in E. Jean Carroll lawsuit

August 4, 2023

Former President Trump made headlines on Tuesday for yet another indictment, this time in connection with the events of January 6. However, that wasn't the former president's only legal problem to crop up this week.

According to the Daily Beast, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has obtained a video copy of the deposition Trump gave while being sued for rape by author E. Jean Carroll. 

Federal judge sides with Bragg

The website explained that Bragg was granted access to the footage by U.S. District Judge Lewis on Thursday Kaplan after a monthslong fight.

The federal judge presided over a trial which resulted in a jury finding that Trump had defamed and sexually assaulted Carroll in a New York City department store nearly three decades ago but stopped short of saying he raped her.

Kaplan wrote in his order that Carroll's law firm "may comply with the People’s trial subpoena" after being asked to decide the issue by New York Supreme Court Judge Juan Merchan.

Lawyers in Bragg's office argued that Trump's deposition is relevant because his response to sexual misconduct allegations factors into their allegation that he falsified business records in order to conceal hush money paid to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

However, the Daily Beast noted that although prosecutors now have access to the deposition, Merchan has yet to say whether it can be introduced as evidence at trial.

Carroll seeks additional damages after CNN town hall

For his part, Trump has continued to deny any wrongdoing in regards to Carroll, telling attendees at a CNN town hall event in New Hampshire earlier this year that Carroll is a "whack job" and his poll numbers had risen since the case.

Fox News quoted the former president as saying of Carroll, "This woman, I don’t know her. I never met her. I have no idea who she is."

The network noted that Carroll responded to Trump's comments by amending her complaint to seek additional damages.

Trump counter sues Carroll

Meanwhile, Fox News reported in June that Trump filed a defamation lawsuit of his own against Carroll, arguing that she falsely accused him of rape.

Trump's suit contends that Carroll "wantonly and falsely" accused Trump on "multiple occasions of committing rape."

Trump attorneys Alina Habba and Michael Madaio pointed to the verdict in Carroll's original lawsuit, insisting that the alleged rape "clearly was not committed."

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