Trump explains his comments about ‘Access Hollywood’ in 2005 in a video deposition for a rape trial.
In a video deposition shown to the jury on Thursday as part of his civil rape trial, former US President Donald Trump defended his private words about sexually assaulting women.
Trump was asked questions in a recorded deposition that was shown at his rape trial in federal court in Manhattan, which is still going on. He was asked about comments he made on the “Access Hollywood” tape in 2005, where he said he could sexually touch women without asking.
He explained these remarks by saying that in the past, “when you’re a star, they let you do it.”
The writer E. Jean Carroll said that Trump raped her in the mid-1990s in a dressing room at a department store in Manhattan. This is what the trial is mostly about. Trump has said that the accusations are false and that the case is based on politics. The trial is likely to go on into the week after next.
Carroll’s lawyers brought in a social media and marketing expert to testify. The expert said that it could cost anywhere from $368k to $2.8m to fix the damage Trump’s words did to his image. Carroll wants losses that aren’t clear.
During the video interview, Trump also said that a black-and-white picture of him talking to people at an event shows him calling Carroll “Marla Maples,” which is the name of one of his ex-wives. Carroll’s lawyers said that this event shows that Trump’s claim that Carroll was not his type was not true.
Two other women have come to court and said that Trump sexually assaulted them in different incidents that happened decades ago. All of these claims have been shot down by Trump.
Trump hasn’t been in the Manhattan courtroom yet, but while he was in Ireland, he told reporters that he probably would. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan has told Trump that if he keeps talking about the case, he could get in more trouble with the law.
The trial is likely to go on into the week after next.