NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump could have to sit down for a deposition next week in a defamation lawsuit filed by a author who says he raped her within the mid-Nineteen Nineties, a judge ruled Wednesday.
U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan rejected a request by Trump’s lawyers that the planned testimony be delayed. The deposition is now scheduled for Oct. 19.
The choice got here in a lawsuit brought by E. Jean Carroll, a longtime advice columnist for Elle magazine, who says Trump raped her in an upscale Manhattan department store’s dressing room. Trump has denied it. Carroll is scheduled to be deposed Friday.
A lawyer for Trump didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment.
Trump’s legal team has tried various legal tactics to delay the lawsuit and forestall him from being questioned by Carroll’s attorneys, but Kaplan wrote that it was time to maneuver forward.
“The defendant mustn’t be permitted to run the clock out on plaintiff’s try and gain a treatment for what allegedly was a serious incorrect,” he wrote.
Carroll’s lawsuit claims that Trump damaged her status in 2019 when he denied raping her. Trump’s legal team has been attempting to squash the suit by arguing that the Republican was just doing his job as president when he denied the allegations.
That’s a key query because if Trump was acting inside the scope of his duties as a federal worker, the U.S. government would turn into the defendant within the case.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a split decision last month that Trump was a federal worker when he commented on Carroll’s claims. But asked one other court in Washington to determine whether Trump’s public statements occurred through the scope of his employment.
Kaplan said Trump has repeatedly tried to delay the gathering of evidence within the lawsuit.
“Given his conduct to date on this case, Mr. Trump’s position regarding the burdens of discovery is inexcusable,” he wrote. “As this Court previously has observed, Mr. Trump has litigated this case because it began in 2019 with the effect and possibly the aim of delaying it.”