Donald Trump testified on Thursday afternoon in his defamation trial in New York in the second case brought against him by writer E Jean Carroll. The former president was under strict guidelines as to what he could say and answered only a couple of questions.
A previous jury has already found Mr Trump liable for sexually abusing Ms Carroll in a department store dressing room in the mid-1990s and for subsequently defaming her. Judge Lewis Kaplan reminded his lawyer Alina Habba that the former president was not allowed to argue against that on the stand — hence the brief stint on the stand.
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He continues to vigorously deny the allegations and, on Wednesday night, unleashed a series of attacks on Truth Social against the former Elle magazine columnist and the judge.
This comes after the Republican front-runner celebrated his victory in the New Hampshire GOP presidential primary by mocking his last remaining opponent Nikki Haley as his grip on the party grows ever stronger.
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Jimmy Kimmel pleaded with Nikki Haley to let Donald Trump take a mental competency test after the former president claimed he would come out on top against his Republican rival.
The former president won the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, yet Ms Haley has vowed to plough ahead with the race as “she still has literally dozens of states to lose,” the host joked on his late night show on Wednesday night.
Mr Kimmel offered Ms Haley some career advice, telling her that she still win on some form if she agrees to take a mental competency test together with her opponent.
Trump takes the stand and is sworn in
Donald Trump has taken the stand and is sworn in as a witness for his own defence.
While his testimony has been limited by Judge Kaplan, it is nevertheless an extraordinary moment to have the presumptive Republican candidate for the 2024 election on the witness stand in a defamation trial brought by a woman he sexually assaulted.
The former president is not allowed to testify against facts that were established by the jury at his first defamation trial.