Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Trump’s Access Hollywood tape will not be presented in a defamation trial

The lawyer for a columnist who claims Donald Trump sexually abused her in the 1990s and then humiliated her when he became president in 2019, said Saturday that the “Access Hollywood” tape and two women who accused Trump of sexual abuse will not be presented to the New York jury weighing damages for defamation.

The revelation by attorney Roberta Kaplan, who represents columnist E. Jean Carroll, means Trump, who is leading the race for the Republican presidential nomination, may testify in federal court in Manhattan on Monday, a few days before the New Hampshire primary.

The jury is considering whether Trump owes Carroll more than the $5 million awarded last spring by another jury that found Trump sexually abused Carroll, but did not rape her, in the dressing room of a luxury hotel. department store in Manhattan in the spring of 1996 and then disgraced him in October 2022.

Trump attended the trial for two of its first three days and was absent only on Thursday, when he attended his mother-in-law’s funeral in Florida.

Kaplan said Saturday night in a letter to the judge that he would not show jurors the 2005 tape of Trump speaking negatively about women to keep the issues in the trial “in focus.”

For that reason, the lawyer said he would not call two other Trump accusers as witnesses: Natasha Stoynoff and Jessica Leeds.

Both women testified in the trial, which ended in May. Leeds, a former stockbroker, said Trump groped her against her will on an airplane flight in the 1970s, while Stoynoff, a journalist, said Trump forced her to kiss him. when he interviewed her for an article in 2005.

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