Former United States President Donald Trump mistook his sexual aggression accuser E. Jean Carroll for his ex-wife Marla Maples in a deposition for her case against him. Trump was married to Maples, his second wife, from 1993 to 1999, after which he has been in connection with his present wife, Melania Trump. He misunderstood Carroll for his ex-wife during a deposit at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, on October 19 last year.
Excerpts of the deposition, released on Tuesday (January 17), saw Trump potentially undermining one of his protection against Carroll’s allegation that he raped her in the changing room of a New York department store in the mid-1990s.
Carroll, a journalist, and an author blamed Trump for sexual attack and slander after the former President said in an interview with “The Hill” in 2019 that she was lying and simply trying to market her book, news agency AFP said on Thursday.
During the October 19 deposition, Trump was asked about the alleged happening, to which he replied, “Physically she’s not my type, and now that I’ve gotten indirectly to hear things about her, she wouldn’t be my type in any way, shape, or form.”
Yet, when Trump revealed a photograph of himself with Carroll and others at a reception in the 1990s. Trump replied, “That’s Marla, that’s my wife,” before being corrected by his lawyer.
Originally, E. Jean Carroll had not moved public with the allegations of the happening. But in 2019, she revealed the points in her book. In October last year, Trump took to social media to call her to report “a hoax and a lie” and her book “a complete scam.” A month later, after a New York law designed to protect sexual assault victims decades after the offense occurred, Carroll raised her case by suing him for assault, the AFP report added.
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