In response to E. Jean Carroll’s defamation case, in which she accuses Trump of rape, Trump’s attorney said on Wednesday that he would not be calling any witnesses. This means the jury will get to deliberate on the matter, hopefully by the middle of the following week. It also signals that Trump’s lawyers feel Carroll’s case is weak.
Tacopina had said earlier in the trial that Trump would not testify.
Judge Lewis Kaplan of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia told the jury, “I think you can reasonably expect to get the case early next week.”
The court reviewed the schedule with Carroll’s attorneys as they prepared to wrap up their case on Thursday. It is expected that the judge would take a break from the trial on Friday to deal with court-related business, as they did the previous week.
One of the plaintiff’s witnesses is journalist Natasha Stoynoff. She claims that in 2005, while providing a tour of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump tried to kiss her and forced her up against a wall. Donald Trump has denied the allegation.
A notorious audio clip was broadcast in which Trump is heard boasting about his ability to “grab ’em by the p—y” when speaking to women. Trump was secretly recorded shortly before taping an episode of “Access Hollywood.” The tape was released to the public during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The jury also saw Donald Trump’s videotaped deposition, in which he denied Carroll’s claims.
A psychologist testified about Carroll’s emotional scars due to the incident.
After interviewing Carroll for almost twenty hours, clinical psychologist and trauma specialist Leslie Lebowitz concluded that the assault “made her feel as though she had no value.” As a result, she felt degraded and ashamed.
To Carroll’s allegations, Trump has rejected them and claimed they are motivated by politics.
Carroll is suing Trump for defamation because he lied about the encounter and slandered her character.