The October 2022 impeachment of Donald Trump in the E. Jean Carroll case is notable for something he said about his second wife, Marla Maples.
Trump infamously mistook Carroll for Maples in a photo he was shown, despite hinting that since Carroll was “not my type” he would have no romantic interest in her . Carroll accused him of a decades-long rape.
Carroll, who sued in November, alleges that Trump smeared her in a 2022 Truth Social post by calling her allegations “a hoax and a lie” and said that “This woman is not my type!” when he denied her claim that Trump raped her in a dressing room at Bergdorf Goodman in the 1990s.
The former Elle magazine columnist added a fee under recently passed New York law that allows adult survivors of sexual abuse to sue their alleged attacker regardless statute. Trump has denied all allegations that he raped Carroll or defamed her.
It has been noted that Trump’s ambiguity about the Maples era in his life appears to have extended elsewhere in the affidavit, a transcript and video of which were released Friday. .
At one point, Carroll’s attorney asked Trump a basic factual question: “Is it true that you met Miss Maples before your divorce from Ivana Trump?”
Trump replied, astonishingly, “I don’t know,” in deposition oath. “It was at the end of the marriage. So I don’t know, really. It could be a lapover, but I really don’t know.
(It’s unclear what “lapover” means, but we’re guessing it refers to overlap.)
Trump was also asked more generally if he had ever met women outside of his first marriage, to which he replied, “I don’t know.”
So the man involved in one of the most famous and widely reported extramarital affairs in U.S. history doesn’t seem to be sure if the timeline qualifies it as an affair. .
Trump’s divorce from Ivana was finalized in December 1990. And both before and in the years that followed, it became clear that his relationship with Marla Maples was more than just a rumor.