Oct 19, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Trump sits for deposition in E. Jean Carroll lawsuit

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Legacy Sports USA on October 09, 2022 in Mesa, Arizona.

Former President Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Legacy Sports USA on Oct. 9 in Mesa, Arizona. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Former President Trump answered questions under oath Wednesday for a defamation lawsuit filed by E. Jean Carroll, a writer who alleged that he raped her in the mid-1990s.

Why it matters: The deposition comes after Trump repeatedly attempted to delay the case proceedings.

  • "We’re pleased that on behalf of our client, E. Jean Carroll, we were able to take Donald Trump’s deposition today," a spokesperson for Carroll's legal team said in a statement. "We are not able to comment further."

The big picture: A federal judge last week said that Trump had already sought to delay the case and he shouldn't be able to "run out the clock." CNN reports.

  • Trump's team had requested that the court substitute the U.S. government as the defendant or pause proceedings until an appeals court resolves the question of who the defendant should be.
  • The trial is scheduled for Feb. 6, the New York Times reports.
  • Carroll also has said that she plans to sue Trump in November under a new state law in New York, called the Adult Survivors Act, which gives adult survivors of sexual misconduct a one-year window to sue, regardless of when the incident occurred.

Catch up quick: Carroll sued Trump in 2019 after he denied her allegation that he raped her in a dressing room of New York's Bergdorf Goodman department store in the mid-1990s.

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Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional reporting.

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