Trump deposed in E. Jean Carroll rape case
Former President Donald Trump sat for his court-mandated deposition on Wednesday as part of a defamation suit from former Elle magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll.
Carroll alleged that Trump raped her in a store dressing room during the 1990s, a claim he denies. However, the deposition specifically pertains to the former columnist's claim that the former president defamed her by questioning her credibility and insulting her appearance when denying her initial accusation, per The Hill.
Trump previously sought to delay or avoid the deposition, though a judge last week ordered that he sit for the deposition. Trump has derided the entire case as a "con job" and a "hoax."
A spokesperson for Carroll's legal team said the attorneys were "pleased that on behalf of our client, E. Jean Carroll, we were able to take Donald Trump's deposition today."
Trump's team, meanwhile asserted that the former president wanted the opportunity to clarify events on the record and also blasted the suit as a hit job.
"As we have said all along, my client was pleased to set the record straight today... This case is nothing more than a political ploy like many others in the long list of witch hunts against Donald Trump," Trump attorney Alina Habba told The Hill.
Carroll further intends to sue Trump for the alleged rape itself under a new New York law that will soon create a one-year legal window for her to bring forth the claim, despite the previous statute of limitations.