Accused by a journalist, E. Jean Carroll, of rape in the 1990s, former US President Donald Trump confused her in a photo with his ex-wife Marla Maples, according to a court document from a deposition in October in New York.
Mr. Trump, 76, is scheduled to appear on April 10, 2023, in a New York court in a defamation lawsuit brought by E. Jean Carroll, 79, who accuses him of raping her in a dressing room at a a New York department store in 1995 or 1996.
A double civil case for alleged defamation and rape has opposed since 2019, then 2022, before federal justice in Manhattan, Ms. Carroll, former columnist for the magazine She, to Donald Trump, 76, a billionaire businessman and Republican president from 2017 to 2021.
The two produced their sworn depositions last October.
During his October 19 testimony via video link — made public this week — Donald Trump reaffirmed his line of defence: “I will say this with the utmost respect: first, she is not my type; then it never happened.
But when shown a photo of himself with Mrs. Carroll at a 1990s reception, he replied: 'It's Marla, it's 'is my wife' before his own lawyer Alina Habba corrected him.
Donald Trump was married from 1993 to 1999 to comedian Marla Maples, 59, and met his current wife Melania in 1998.< /p>
In the defamation suit, E. Jean Carroll sued Trump in November 2019. She accuses him of defaming her for calling her rape allegations a “complete lie” in June of that year.
The White House tenant at the time always replied that Ms Carroll was “not his kind of woman” and his lawyers claimed that he was protected, in 2019, by his chief immunity of State.
As for the rape charges, Ms. Carroll had not been able to file a complaint in 2019 since the alleged facts were time-barred.
However, on November 24, 2022, is entry into force of a law in the State of New York (“Adult Survivors Act”) allowing, for one year, victims of sexual assault to relaunch their civil lawsuit.
Ms. therefore filed a new complaint in November in New York for “defamation” but also “assault” and “assault” and requested a civil trial for damages, which must be held on 1 April 0 next.