Trump confused a sexual assault survivor with his ex-wife in court testimony

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Donald Trump has confused sexual assault accuser E. Jean Carroll with his ex-wife. (Business)

New york:

After claiming he was “not my type,” Donald Trump fired back at his sexual assault accuser, E. Jean confused Carroll with his ex-wife Marla Maples in her testimony against the former president.

Excerpts from Mr Trump’s statement released on Tuesday showed he may have undermined one of his main defenses against Ms Carroll’s accusations that he sexually assaulted her in a New York department store dressing room in the mid-1990s.

Ms. Carroll, now 79, sued Trump for sexual harassment and defamation in a 2019 interview with The Hill magazine after she said he “absolutely lied” and was just trying to sell her book.

In an Oct. 19 statement, Trump repeated what he had often said in the dressing room of his Bergdorf Goodman store that he could not be harassed or raped because he did not like women who looked like Ms. Carroll.

“I say this with great respect. First of all, it’s not my style. Second, it never happened,” he said.

Asked directly in the alleged incident statement, he repeated the statement.

“Physically, he’s not my type, and now that I’ve heard something about him, he wouldn’t be my type.”

But when shown a photo of himself with Ms. Carroll and others at a reception in the 1990s, Trump said: “That’s Marla, that’s my wife,” before being corrected by his lawyer.

Trump, 76, was married to his second wife, Ms. Maples, from 1993 to 1999. He started dating his current wife Melania Trump in 1998.

Ms. Carroll, who was a columnist for Elle magazine in the 1990s and later a writer for other major publications, did not make her allegations public at the time of the incident.

But in 2019, he published it in a new book, which caused Trump to withdraw.

Then in November, after a new New York law designed to protect victims of sexual assault took effect decades after the attacks, Ms. Carroll expanded her case by suing Trump for assault.

The claims seek damages for psychological harm, pain and suffering, loss of dignity and damage to his reputation.

The court took statements from the two in the defamation case in October, and the judge said the trial would begin on April 10.

Trump can be defended in the defamation case because he made the first statements against Ms. Carroll while he was president.

But she continued to make comments, including in a social media post in October where she called her story a “fraud and lie” and her book a “total fraud.”

(Except for the headline, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and was published on a syndicated channel.)

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