Updated Oct 18, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Court employee arrested after approaching Trump during civil fraud trial

Former President Donald Trump sits in the courtroom during his civil fraud trial at New York State Supreme Court on October 18, 2023 in New York City.

Former President Trump sits in the courtroom during his civil fraud trial at New York State Supreme Court on Oct. 18 in New York City. Photo: Jeenah Moon-Pool/Getty Images

Former President Trump made another appearance Wednesday at his civil fraud trial, marking the second time this week that he has voluntarily attended the proceeding at the Manhattan courthouse.

The latest: A court employee was arrested on Wednesday after she stood up during the proceedings and walked toward the front of the courtroom, "yelling out to Mr. Trump indicating she wanted to assist him," according to a spokesperson for the New York State Unified Court System.

  • The individual was stopped by court officers before she got near Trump or any of the lawyers or litigants, spokesperson Lucian Chalfen said.
  • "None of the parties were ever in any danger," per Chalfen.

Zoom in: The judge overseeing the trial told Trump on Wednesday to lower his voice during the hearing after he spoke aloud to his lawyers during testimony against him, the Associated Press reports.

  • Kevin Wallace, of the New York Attorney General's office, told Judge Arthur Engoron that the "exhortations" could be heard on the witness' side of the courtroom. Wallace asked the judge to request that the defense "stop commenting during the witness' testimony," per AP.
  • Engoron told everybody to be quiet, "particularly if it's meant to influence the testimony."

State of play: Trump's attendance at Tuesday's hearing was originally set to bring him face-to-face with his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.

  • Cohen postponed his testimony due to a "pre-existing medical condition."

Zoom in: New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a $250 million lawsuit against Trump and members of his family last year accusing them of financial fraud.

  • Trump, who faces 91 criminal counts across four jurisdictions, has made his legal woes a central theme of his 2024 presidential campaign.
  • Trump appeared for the first three days of his trial earlier this month, although he was not required to attend, when he took advantage of the TV cameras stationed outside the courtroom to protest the trial.

Go deeper: What we know about the Trump civil fraud trial in New York

Editor's note: This story was updated with additional information from Wednesday's hearing.

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