On Thursday (May 4), former President Donald Trump suggested he would “probably attend” the ongoing civil trial in Manhattan over the rape allegations of author E. Jean Carroll to “confront it.”
Speaking to Reporters at a golf course in Ireland, Trump notes that he had to leave Ireland and Scotland, where he has “great properties.”
He explained he had to “leave early,” correcting himself that he didn’t “have to” but rather “choose[s] to” leave sooner, referencing the civil trial by Carroll.
Trump then decried the civil trial as “disgraceful,” describing the allegations as “false accusations against a rich guy, or in [his] case, a famous, rich political person, who leads the polls by 40 points.”
Trump explained he had to go back for the woman “that made a false accusation” against him while dealing with a judge who is “extremely hostile.”
But emphasized he would be going back to “confront” the situation,” as he described Carroll as a”disgrace” and suggested the civil suit should not be able to occur in the U.S.
In 2019, Carroll came forward alleging the former president raped her in a dressing room at Bergdorf Goodman department store in the mid-1990s.
She is suing Trump for sexual battery regarding the alleged assault and for defamation regarding a post-Trump published on Truth Social in October 2022, in which he denied the allegations while criticizing Carroll’s appearance.
On her first day on the stand last week, Carroll asserted she made the suit “because Donald Trump raped me, and when I wrote about it, he said it didn’t happen.”
She claimed Trump “lied” and “ruined” her reputation, with the civil suit being her attempt to try and get her “life back.”