Former President Donald Trump is being sued by author E. Jean Carroll, and the judge in the case recently issued him an ultimatum.
According to The Hill, U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan has given Trump until Sunday to decide whether he will travel to New York and testify.
Carroll has accused Trump of sexually assaulting her nearly three decades ago and claims that the former president defamed her when he denied the allegation.
The Hill noted that although Trump's lawyers previously said he would not testify, the former president recently told reporters he plans to appear in court.
"I have to leave Ireland and I have to leave Scotland, where I have great properties. I have to leave early. I don’t have to, but I choose to," The Hill quoted Trump as telling reporters from a golf course in Ireland this week.
"I have to go back for a woman that made a false accusation about me, and I have a judge who is extremely hostile. And I’m going to go back, and I’m going to confront this," he continued.
"It’s a disgrace that it’s allowed to happen. It’s false accusations against a rich guy, or in my case, against a famous, rich and political person that’s leading the polls by 40 points," Trump went on to complain.
"I have to go back for a woman that made a false accusation about me, and I have a judge who is extremely hostile," the former president stressed.
"And I’m going to go back, and I’m going to confront this. This woman is a disgrace, and it shouldn’t be allowed to happen in our country," he added.
The Hill noted that Carroll took the witness stand last week, saying, "I’m here because Donald Trump raped me, and when I wrote about it, he said it didn’t happen. He lied and shattered my reputation, and I’m here to try and get my life back."
Her attorneys also played video footage from Trump’s deposition from October, during which he said, "It’s the most ridiculous, disgusting story. It’s just made up."
Meanwhile, Fox News reported on Wednesday that Carroll's lawsuit is being funded by a billionaire Democratic mega-donor who visited Jeffrey Epstein's private island.
It cited documents obtained by the Wall Street Journal showing that LinkedIn founder and former chairman Reid Hoffman made a visit to Little St. James.
Fox News pointed out that Little St. James was known as "pedophile island" and is believed to be a place where Epstein and his associates abused underage girls.