Donald Trump confuse his ex-wife Marla Maples with his accuser E Jean Carroll in a video release by New York court

A video of former US President Donald Trump’s statement during his civil rape trial has been released by the court. The roughly 48-minute video shows Mr Trump, 76, mistaking the accuser E Jean Carroll for his ex-wife Marla Maples in a photo. It also shows him repeating denial of Ms Carroll’s claims by saying she is ‘not my type’.

Attorneys for both sides concluded their case on Thursday. Mr. Trump was not present in New York for the trial and his lawyers did not call any witnesses before closing their case. However, by order of a judge, the former president officially testified in front of cameras last October about Ms. Carroll’s testimony that he raped her in a New York department store in the middle of the day.

Video of the deposition was shown to jurors on Thursday and was first made public on Friday following a media petition. During the impeachment process, Mr. Trump was shown a leaked Access Hollywood tape, published by The Washington Post during the 2016 presidential campaign. Mr Trump could be seen moving about in his chair uncomfortably as the tape was heard saying ‘you can do anything’ with women ‘when you’re a star’.


The footage also shows him describing Ms Carroll’s allegations as “the most ridiculous and heinous story”. It was just created.” When shown an old photo of him with first wife Ivana, Mrs Carroll and then husband John Johnson, Mr Trump mistakenly identified his accuser with the words “It’s Marla”.

Still looking at the photo, he said “That’s Marla, that’s right. That’s my wife” before his lawyer corrected him. Mr Trump later replied that the photo was “very blurry”. Elsewhere in the video, Mr. Trump can’t remember his wedding date to Maples, his second wife and the mother of his daughter Tiffany.

Miss Carroll, a longtime writer and columnist, is suing the former president for the original offense, as well as defamation, for his blunt denials of the case. In the affidavit, Mr Trump repeated a comment he had made since Ms Carroll first appeared in 2019, saying: ‘I say this with all the respect I can, but she is not my type’. “In terms of looks, she’s not my type, and now that I’m hearing things about her indirectly, she’s not going to be my type in any way,” he added. He went on to tell Ms Carroll’s lawyer Roberta Kaplan: ‘You won’t be my choice either, I hope you aren’t offended.’

In their aggressive exchanges, he called Ms Kaplan a “political agent” and a “disgrace”. Mr Trump’s lawyers have said he will not testify in person, but the former president has told reporters he could shorten his trip to Ireland and the UK to “confront” Ms Carroll in court. . Ahead of the comments, the judge gave Mr Trump until Sunday afternoon to decide whether he would speak.

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