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'I Am Here Because Donald Trump Raped Me': US Writer Testifies Before Jury

Trump blasted Carroll’s lawsuit in a submit on social media, calling the case a “SCAM”. (File)

The New York creator who claims Donald Trump raped her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room within the Nineties testified in graphic element in regards to the alleged assault on the second day of the trial over her lawsuit.

E. Jean Carroll, a journalist and former Elle journal recommendation columnist, says she saved silent in regards to the alleged assault for many years out of concern that Trump would destroy her if she went public. On Wednesday in Manhattan federal courtroom, she testified that she filed the swimsuit to set the document straight.

“I’m right here as a result of Donald Trump raped me, and once I wrote about it he mentioned it did not occur,” Carroll, 79, mentioned beneath questioning by her lawyer. She added: “He shattered my popularity and I am making an attempt to get my life again.”

The jury of six males and three girls will determine if Trump, 76, is answerable for sexually assaulting Carroll greater than 20 years in the past and defaming her final 12 months by claiming on social media that she fabricated the assault to promote a e-book. He has denied wrongdoing and argues the case is a part of a broader politically motivated “witch hunt.”

His lawyer, Joe Tacopina, signaled throughout his opening argument on Tuesday that he’ll search to undermine Carroll’s story by presenting proof that she is motivated by an animus towards Trump and that she waited too lengthy to return ahead together with her declare if it had been true.

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The jury of six males and three girls will determine if Trump, 76, is answerable for sexually assaulting Carroll greater than 20 years in the past.

Carroll, requested to explain how the alleged assault unfolded, testified that she and Trump bumped into one another on the luxurious division retailer whereas purchasing. She advised the jury she agreed to assist him pick a present for a girl.

Kidding Round

Carroll mentioned Trump requested her to go to the sixth-floor lingerie division, the place they finally discovered a lacy bodysuit that he jokingly instructed she attempt on. She mentioned she advised him he ought to attempt it on as an alternative, pondering he would put the bodysuit on over his pants.

Carroll advised the jurors she agreed to enter a dressing room with him, pondering it was an amusing second, “type of like a Saturday Evening Dwell sketch.”

She mentioned Trump then “shut the door and shoved me towards the wall. He shoved me so arduous my head banged. I used to be extraordinarily confused and immediately realized that what I believed was taking place was not taking place.”

She testified that she did not scream however as an alternative fought to get away, although Trump is way bigger than she is.

‘I Can Nonetheless Really feel It’

“My entire motive for being alive in that second was to get out of that room,” she mentioned. She mentioned she was “making an attempt to wriggle out from beneath him, however he had pulled down my tights” and assaulted her together with his fingers, “which was extraordinarily painful. He put his hand inside me and curved his finger. As I am sitting right here at this time I can nonetheless really feel it.”

“I am proud to say I did get out,” Carroll advised the courtroom. “I obtained my knee up and pushed him again.”

She fought again tears as she described the guilt she felt over why she went into the dressing room with Trump.

“I used to be ashamed,” she mentioned. “I believed it was my fault. As a result of I used to be flirting with him.”

Trump on Wednesday morning blasted Carroll’s lawsuit in a submit on social media, calling the case a “SCAM” and deriding his accuser as “Ms. Bergdorf Goodman.”

The case is Carroll v. Trump, 22-cv-10016, US District Court docket, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

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