Trump gives brief testimony in E. Jean Carroll defamation trial
- Trump, facing a mountain of legal peril, has now taken the witness stand in at least two different cases he faces in New York over the span of a few months. He also testified in November in his New York civil fraud trial.
Driving the news: The judge overseeing the case, Lewis A. Kaplan, set restrictions on Trump's testimony and said that he would not be able to argue that he did not sexually abuse or defame Carroll.
- Trump's lawyer asked him if he ever instructed anybody to hurt Carroll in his statements.
- "No, I just wanted to defend myself, my family and, frankly, the presidency," Trump said in response.
Zoom in: Trump's testimony lasted less than five minutes and the defense rested its case shortly after the former president testified, according to the New York Times.
The big picture: The trial, which began earlier this month, will determine how much the former president must pay in damages to Carroll after he had been found liable in another trial for defamatory remarks he made against her when he denied her rape accusations in 2019.
- At the end of the previous trial, Trump was ordered to pay Carroll $5 million in damages for sexual abuse and defamation.
What's next: The court is expected to resume on Friday morning with closing arguments.
Editor's note: This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.