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Donald Trump has turned down his last chance to testify before the civil trial in New York, where he is accused of the historic rape of journalist E Jean Carroll.

Mr. Trump, a Republican presidential nominee in 2024, was given until 5 p.m. Sunday by U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan to file a request for testimony. Nothing was deposited.

It comes after lawyers for Mr Trump and E Jean Carroll dropped their cases in his civil rape trial on Thursday after nearly two weeks of allegations the former president raped the magazine columnist in the 1990s.

Afterward, Judge Lewis Kaplan left the door open for Mr Trump to testify at the last minute and gave his defense team the 5 p.m. deadline to confirm whether or not the former president will appear.

Last Thursday, Mr Trump said he would cut short his trip to Ireland to “confront” Ms Carroll about the case.


Lara Trump denies the rift between the Trump children

But Ivanka’s sister-in-law Lara has claimed the development hasn’t resulted in a family split.

Mr Trump and his three eldest children – Ivanka, Donald Jr. and Eric – were all named in a $250 million civil fraud lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Letitia James last fall.

The lawsuit aims to recover funds from alleged fraudulent operations by the Trump Organization. The lawsuit also seeks to remove all four of Trump’s family members from their positions at the company and ban them from holding senior positions in New York State.

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Graem MassieMay 8, 2023 4:30 am


Trump suggests stars have been committing sexual assault for a ‘million years’

Trump suggests stars have been committing sexual assault for a ‘million years’

Graem MassieMay 8, 2023 03:04


Tucker Carlson plans to host the GOP debate despite being axed from Fox

Carlson split from Fox News in late April and is not currently tied to any network or media company, but The Washington Post reported Thursday that he wants to host an independent primary debate and has been in touch with former President Donald Trump – who is currently voting ahead of the rest of the GOP field – about the idea.

A possible debate between Carlson and Mr Trump would likely be seen as a serious challenge for Fox News, whose primetime ratings have plummeted since Carlson’s sacking.

Fox News is expected to host the first Republican primary debate in August, but Mr Trump has threatened to skip that debate – and the next – out of personal frustrations with hosting and broadcasting companies and concerns that sharing a phase of the debate with his challengers could do so strengthen their profile.

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Graem MassieMay 8, 2023 2:08 am


Trump is accused of rape in court. Will it still matter in 2024?

E. Jean Carroll testified, in sometimes searing detail, about the day she said Donald Trump raped her in a department store dressing room two decades before taking office, allegations the Republican has repeatedly and vehemently denied.

Two friends who took the stand in support of Carroll this week told jurors they spoke to the magazine’s former columnist shortly after the alleged 1996 attack and that they believe she is telling the truth. Other women testified about separate encounters; One said Trump grabbed and fondled her on a flight in the late 1970s, the other told jurors he forcefully kissed her at his Florida home in 2005.

The reports, shared during the civil trial over Carroll’s allegations of assault and defamation against Trump, mark the first time one of the numerous sexual misconduct allegations against the former president has been heard in a court of law. Given the opportunity to refute Carroll’s allegations on the witness stand, Trump declined to appear and instead traveled overseas. He told reporters in Ireland that he could still testify in person, although his lawyer said in court he would not and that they would not produce any other witnesses.

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Graem MassieMay 8, 2023 1:05 am


VIDEO: Donald Trump has until Sunday to decide whether he will testify in the rape trial

Donald Trump has until Sunday to decide whether he will testify in the rape trial

Graem MassieMay 8, 2023 00:10


Trump defends Access Hollywood tape in shocking deposition video

Access Hollywood’s 2005 video surfaced during the 2016 presidential election.

Graem MassieMay 7, 2023 11:34 p.m


Trump rejects last chance to testify in civil trial in New York

Former President Donald Trump has turned down his last chance to testify in a civil lawsuit in which a longtime columnist has accused him of raping her in a dressing room at a luxury department store in 1996.

Graem MassieMay 7, 2023 11:02 p.m


Tucker Carlson ‘preparing for war’ on Fox News over early contract release

The ex-Fox presenter is barred from other media work while under Fox contract.

Graem MassieMay 7, 2023 10:02 p.m


Trump will cut short Ireland trip and return to New York to ‘confront’ E Jean Carroll.

Speaking to reporters while golfing at his Doonbeg resort on Thursday, Mr Trump said he will “likely” attend the trial, which will hear his final day of evidence before concluding arguments next week.

“I’ve been falsely accused by this woman, I have no idea who she is – it’s ridiculous,” he said.

“I’m going back early because a woman made a claim that’s completely false, it’s fake.”

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Graem MassieMay 7, 2023 21:05


Last Witness in E Jean Carroll’s Civil Lawsuit Against Trump Testifies: ‘Believed Then and Believed Now’

The final witness in E Jean Carroll’s civil lawsuit against former President Donald Trump, which alleges him with rape and defamation, testified Thursday.

Carol Martin is one of the two friends Ms Carroll spoke to about the alleged assault, which longtime Elle columnist says took place in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the mid-1990s.

Ms. Martin was being questioned in federal court in Manhattan about an email she sent to Ms. Carroll in 2017 about the former president, Business Insider reported.

The email was sent just weeks before Ms. Carroll started work on What Do We Need Men For? — the 2019 book in which she publicly accused Mr Trump of rape for the first time.

In September 2017, Ms. Martin sent Ms. Carroll an article mocking Mr. Trump.

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Graem MassieMay 7, 2023 20:01

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Russell Falcon is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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