In closing statements, lawyers for Donald Trump’s rape accuser said the former president’s historical comments about women made him a witness against himself.
Trump ‘thinks he can get away with it,’ court told
A lawyer for E Jean Carroll, the writer accusing Donald Trump of raping and later defaming her, told jurors that the former US president’s own words about his treatment of women lent credibility to Carroll’s case.
During closing arguments in a civil trial in Manhattan federal court the lawyer, Roberta Kaplan, reminded jurors of a 2005 Access Hollywood tape they saw during trial in which Trump bragged on a hot microphone about grabbing women “by the pussy” and that “when you’re a star, they let you do it.”
“He grabbed her, using his words, ‘by the pussy,'” Kaplan said. “He thinks stars like him can get away with it. He thinks he can get away with it here.”
Trump waived his right to testify at trial and opted not to present a defence, gambling that jurors will find that Carroll had failed to make a persuasive case. His lawyers were due to give their closing arguments later on Monday.