Former President Donald Trump briefly testified on Thursday in the civil trial regarding E. Jean Carroll’s defamation lawsuit against him.
Following his inauguration, Trump encountered a limited number of inquiries from his attorney, Alina Habba.
According to courtroom reporters, Habba inquired whether Trump maintained his denial of the alleged sexual assault by Carroll, which he affirmed. When she inquired whether he refuted the accusations, Trump responded, “Precisely correct.”
“She said something. I consider it a false accusation,” he said, an answer Judge Lewis Kaplan, who is overseeing the case, struck from the record, citing the previous trial’s verdict that Trump had in fact sexually abused Carroll — and the judge’s specific rulings that Trump was barred from trying to re-litigate that issue in this trial.