Donald Trump spent Monday morning launching another blistering tirade against sexual assault accuser E Jean Carroll, after the judge in the defamation case against the accused former president ordered a last-minute postponement of the trial.
U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan announced Monday that the trial would be delayed at least one day because one of the nine jurors in the case reportedly felt unwell. Kaplan is awaiting Covid-19 test results for all jurors.
Trump’s lawyer, Alina Habba, also reported feeling unwell after visiting her parents, at least one of whom had Covid-19. According to Kaplan, Habba and his law partner Michael Madaio both tested negative for the virus on Monday, and neither of them wore masks in court. There was no indication that Trump felt physically unwell, and the former president did not wear a mask in court on Monday.
It was unclear when the trial would resume, as Trump’s legal team asked Kaplan to postpone the Republican candidate’s next trial until after Tuesday’s New Hampshire presidential primary. The judge did not immediately rule on the request Monday.E Jean Carroll left Manhattan federal court in New York as her defamation lawsuit against former president Donald Trump was postponed after a juror and one of Trump’s lawyers reported feeling ill on Monday. Carroll, who sued Trump for defaming him when he was president, is expected to settle his case Monday afternoon, after which Trump’s defense case will begin. He was listed as one of two defense witnesses and said he planned to testify.
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Carroll accused Trump of raping her in the dressing room of a Manhattan department store in 1996. A separate jury in New York last year found Trump liable for Carroll’s sexual assault, and awarded him $5 million – $2 million in damages for sexual assault. harassment findings and $3 million for defamatory comments he made against her in 2022. Trump is appealing the decision.
Carroll’s defamation claims against the former president are split into two lawsuits, the second of which focuses on Carroll’s disparaging comments toward the former president in 2019 after Carroll went public with the attack. Kaplan entered a summary judgment in September finding Trump liable for the 2019 claims, narrowing the scope of the current trial to focus on what damages a jury would award Carroll. The author is seeking more than $10 million in the current process.
Trump is expected to be a witness in the case, although Kaplan has ruled that under last year’s ruling, the former president cannot accuse Carroll of lying about sexual assault when he testifies.
But facing a libel trial hasn’t stopped Trump from repeatedly launching into tirades against Carroll, accusing her without evidence of faking sexual harassment for financial or political reasons. Just last week, Kaplan threatened to remove Trump from the courtroom after he persistently complained to his lawyers that the trial was a “witch hunt” and a “fraud.”
The former president also held a press briefing outside the courthouse and took to his social media platform, Truth Social, to attack Carroll over her allegations. The tirade he unleashed online last Tuesday was entered into court records just hours later.
But Trump’s self-evident attacks haven’t stopped him from continuing to rave about Carroll and her case.
In the span of an hour, the former president made at least 42 posts on Truth Social attacking Carroll on Monday morning. Many of the posts included screenshots of posts Carroll made on social media over the past decade involving the topic of sex, something Trump has done before when attacking him online.
It’s unclear whether Trump’s latest online tirade will also be included in the court record.