Headline RoundupMay 5th, 2023

Donald Trump Full Deposition Video in Rape Trial Released

Summary from the AllSides News Team

The full video of former President Donald Trump’s deposition in the ongoing court battle against E. Jean Carroll was released on Friday.

Details: The 48-minute video features Trump answering questions from Carroll’s lawyer. Carroll, an author and advice columnist, is suing Trump for sexual battery and defamation, alleging the former president sexually assaulted her in a department store dressing room in the mid-90s. Trump denies the allegations. The case is a civil trial, and Trump does not face jail time if found guilty. The deposition was recorded in October 2022. Trump declined to testify in court. Closing arguments are expected to take place next week. 

Key Quote: In the video, Trump denies the allegations, stating, “It didn't happen, and by the way, if it did happen, it would have been reported within minutes. Talking about going to a major floor, probably I assumed the most important floor, a major floor in a major department store. That's a very busy store, by the way, checkout counters and everything else. And I would be in there– I mean, it's the most ridiculous. It's the most ridiculous disgusting story.”

How The Media Covered It: Left-rated outlets reported more on the deposition video. The Post Millennial outlined Trump’s other ongoing legal battles, incorrectly identifying the felony business fraud charges brought forth by the Manhattan District Attorney as misdemeanors, and deeming investigations by the Department of Justice to be “politically motivated.” CNN described Trump as “agitated” and did not include his quote denying the allegations in the article.

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