'This is not America': Donald Trump testifies for less than three minutes in New York defamation case

25 January 2024, 21:46

Donald Trump claims he does not know who E Jean Carroll is
Donald Trump claims he does not know who E Jean Carroll is. Picture: Alamy
Kieran Kelly

By Kieran Kelly

Donald Trump testified for just three minutes in a defamation trial brought by fashion writer E Jean Carroll in New York, telling the court: "This is not America".

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

The former US President passionately declared that he was at the court to "defend the presidency" as he gave his statement.

The case was brought by Ms Carroll after Trump called her a liar for accusing him of a decades-old rape in 2019.

“She said something I considered a false accusation,” Trump told the court.

“And I just wanted to defend myself, my family and frankly, the presidency.”

Donald Trump leaves the defamation trial
Donald Trump leaves the defamation trial. Picture: Alamy

Later on, Trump could be heard muttering as he left the courtroom: “This is not America. This is not America. This is not America.”

Ms Carroll claims Trump ruined her reputation after she accused him for the first time publicly in a memoir of sexually abusing her in spring 1996 in the dressing room of a Manhattan luxury department store.

Read More: 'Consider this s**t shut right down': Johnny Marr blasts Donald Trump over use of The Smiths songs at rallies

Read More: 'Two old men fighting over a Zimmer frame': US can do better than Trump or Biden as president, says Jon Sopel

Trump, 77, has denied the accusations for the last five years and continues to attack Ms Carroll, 80, as he attempts to secure the Republican presidential nomination.

Trump denies the claims
Trump denies the claims. Picture: Alamy
E Jean Carroll said Trump defamed her when he called her a liar for accusing him of a decades-old rape
E Jean Carroll said Trump defamed her when he called her a liar for accusing him of a decades-old rape. Picture: Alamy

Soon after the announcement by Trump attorney Alina Habba out of the presence of the jury, Mr Trump could be heard saying aloud: "I never met the woman. I don't know who the woman is. I wasn't at the trial."

That comment prompted Judge Kaplan to respond: "I'm sorry Mr Trump. You're interrupting these proceedings. That is not permitted."

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Breaking
Former Tory MP Scott Benton has been suspended from the Commons.

Former Tory MP suspended from Commons over role in lobbying sting as Rishi Sunak faces fresh by-election headache

PlayStation is closing its London studio and axing 900 jobs (file image)

PlayStation to axe 900 jobs and close London studio to 'future ready' itself

Zelensky and Mohammed bin Salman

Zelensky meets Saudi crown prince to discuss peace deal and return of POWs

Lady Gabriella Windsor's husband Thomas Kingston has died aged 45

Lady Gabriella Windsor's husband Thomas Kingston dies aged 45

Mr Scully apologised for his comments.

'I'm sorry I chose those words': Tory MP Paul Scully apologises after claiming there were 'no-go areas' in some cities

Michael Holt, 54, from the Wirral, was found dead in the boat 700 miles into the charity challenge off the coast of Cape Verde, west Africa

Fundraiser launched to return home British father found dead on boat four weeks into 3,000-mile Atlantic ocean row

A remote track near Pitilie

Murder probe launched after former groundsman shot dead while walking his dog on Scottish estate

David Shuttleworth and Matthew Melling escaped jail despite accidents at their trampoline park

Trampoline park bosses fined after 270 injuries in just two months including 11 broken backs

Henry Staunton (left) was fired as chair of the Post Office last month. He has since engaged in a public row with Business Secretary Kemi Bedenoch (right)

'I am the subject of a smear campaign': Sacked Post Office boss hits out at Kemi Badenoch following public row over exit

Union members protesting in Lagos

Government workers strike over Nigeria’s soaring inflation and economic woes

Prince Andrew led the royals into a memorial service after Prince William was forced to pull out

Smiling Prince Andrew returns to the fold as he leads royals into church after William pulls out

Crowds gathered to look for the money-filled briefcase, which was buried to create publicity for a concert.

'Treasure hunters' spark outrage by digging up protected sand dune to find buried money after influencers promote event

Global is launching a new sports podcast The Sports Agents

Behind the scenes of sport: First trailer for Global's new podcast The Sports Agents

Eco-protesters stormed five offices across London

Eco-zealots storm London's Walkie Talkie building as they march through City over insurance for oil projects

Actors from 'shambolic' Willy Wonka-inspired event left 'humiliated' as children dressed as Oompa Loompas are reduced to tears

Actors from 'shambolic' Willy Wonka-inspired event 'humiliated' as children in Oompa Loompa costumes burst into tears

M&S introduced a new line of Christmas gin products in 2020, with Aldi launching its product line the following year.

Aldi loses court appeal in 'strikingly similar' festive gin bottle row with M&S