American writer E. Jean Carroll was in court this Wednesday (17) and told jurors that former President of the United States Donald Trump destroyed her reputation by denying, in 2019, that he had abused her intimately decades ago.
She said that, for this reason, he should pay compensation. The writer made the statements in front of Trump: he was in the same hearing room as the jurors. Shortly afterwards, the judge in the case harshly reprimanded the former US president and threatened to expel him from the courtroom.
“I’m here because Donald Trump assaulted me, and when I wrote about it, he said it never happened,” Carroll said in Manhattan federal court in his second civil suit against Trump. “He lied, and it damaged my reputation,” she said.
As a result, the former president was reprimanded by the judge in the room. The judge stated that Trump was speaking very loudly, and that the jurors heard him during the writer’s testimony.
According to the writer’s lawyer, in the middle of her testimony, Trump said: “It’s a witch hunt, it’s a fraud.”
The judge told Trump to control himself. “Mr Trump, you have the right to be present here, that right can be taken away if you are disruptive and if you disrespect the court’s orders. I hope I don’t have to exclude you from the process. I understand that you are probably very willing for me to do this,” the judge said.
According to CNN, Trump responded: “I would love to.”
The judge said, “I know you would love to. You just can’t control yourself in that circumstance, apparently.”