Former President Donald Trump took the witness stand in a defamation trial in New York City on Thursday and briefly defended claims he has made about E. Jean Carroll, a writer who accused him in 2019 of raping her three decades ago.
Trump was on the witness stand for just three minutes. He testified that “100% yes” he stood by his prior deposition in the case, and he said he publicly denied Carroll’s allegations against him because he wanted to defend himself, according to Politico.
Just before the former president took the stand, Judge Lewis Kaplan had narrowed the scope of his testimony, saying Trump could only speak about his deposition and what his state of mind was when he made public claims about Carroll. Kaplan also reminded Trump’s attorney Alina Habba that Trump had already been found