Donald Trump mistook E. Jean Carroll for his ex-wife Marla Maples in a photo, transcripts of the deposition show



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Newly unsealed transcripts from Donald Trump submitting within the E. Jean Carroll case present that the previous President mistook Carroll for his ex-wife Marla Maples in {a photograph}.

The transcripts present that in his testimony in October 2022, Trump was proven a black-and-white photograph by which he was interacting with a number of individuals, together with his then-wife Ivana, Carroll and her then-husband.

“I do not know who – it is Marla,” Trump mentioned when proven the photograph. “That is Marla, sure. That is my spouse,” he says when requested for clarification.

Trump’s legal professional, Alina Habba, then interjected, saying, in line with the transcript, “No, that is Carroll.”

Carroll first sued Trump for defamation in 2019 after he denied her rape allegation. She filed a second lawsuit towards Trump in November beneath a brand new legislation that allowed her to sue for assault although the statute of limitations on the crime had expired.

Trump has denied sexually assaulting the journal’s former columnist and mentioned he by no means pressured a girl to have intercourse with him, in line with a transcript unsealed final week.

In his transcript, Trump reiterated earlier feedback that he did not know Carroll and that she wasn’t his sort, a declare that may very well be questioned after he responded to being proven the photograph.

Trump mentioned that whereas it wasn’t “politically right” to say she wasn’t his sort, he mentioned he needed to defend himself. He added that this was not meant to be an insult.

When requested if he is ever kissed a girl with out her consent, Trump testified, “Properly, I do not know… I can not consider any complaints. However no. I imply, I do not assume so.” He additionally denied ever touching a girl’s breasts or buttocks.

Carroll’s legal professional Roberta Kaplan requested Trump, “Have you ever ever pressured a girl to have intercourse with you?”

“The reply isn’t any. However you might have some individuals, like your shopper, who’re keen to lie,” Trump testified.