Trump defamation trial deposition footage released

 May 6, 2023

Footage of former President Donald Trump's sexual assault and defamation trial was released publicly this week as the trial gets ready to wrap up for jury deliberation. 

Trump can be seen answering questions on the video and denying the allegations that he raped Carroll in the dressing room of Bergdorf Goodman in the mid-1990s.

In his defense, there is no evidence that he assaulted her. He then apparently insulted her during her first accusations against him by saying he would not have made advances toward her because she's "not his type" and called her a liar, which led to the defamation part of the suit.

Who's paying?

Carroll stands to get up to $2.7 million in damages if the jury finds Trump liable in the case, in addition to damaging his brand during a presidential campaign.

It has also come to light that Carroll's case is being paid for by people who hate Trump--namely, billionaire LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and a nonprofit called American Future Republic.

Hoffman is a Democrat megadonor and has had a personal mission for years to wrestle the Republican party from Trump's grasp.

Trump's legal team even claimed that Carroll perjured herself by saying during her deposition that no one else was funding her case, and that her lawyers didn't contradict her testimony even though they had to know it wasn't true.

Will Trump testify?

Closing arguments in the case are set to happen on Monday after the plaintiff rested Friday. Trump's lawyers said they would not put forward any witnesses on the defense side, although Trump said he would attend the trial.

"I have to go back for a woman that made a false accusation about me, and I have a judge who is extremely hostile," he told reporters in Ireland, letting them know he would cut his time there short to do so.

There are no plans for Trump to testify in the trial, however.

In the deposition video, Trump was asked about another recording that was released before the 2016 election, in which he said stars could "grab women" without their permission, and said that he was only engaging in "locker room talk" and that historically, stars had been able to do this.

He also answered "yes" when asked if he considered himself a star.

Questions like this could hurt Trump's defense more than help it, which his lawyers know full well, so he will surely be kept off the stand.

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