Donald Trump says he has never read books that accuse him of rape

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Former President Donald Trump said he has never read part of a book in which columnist E. Jean Carroll accused him of raping her in a department store locker room in the mid-1990s, according to court records unsealed Wednesday.

Trump was questioned under oath in October by attorneys for Carroll, who is suing the Republican. During his 5 1/2 hour statement, Trump said he will read Carroll’s book, “What Do We Need Men For?” .

Portions of Trump’s statement transcript were unsealed in court records ordered by a judge who was to preside over a trial.

Carroll, a former Elle magazine columnist, accused Trump in the book of assaulting her in late 1995 or early 1996 at a Manhattan luxury department store after they ran into each other by chance and exchanged lighthearted banter about who had a piece of lingerie.

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After the book was published, Trump said the meeting never happened and claimed Carroll made amends to boost book sales. He also said he had never met Carroll and dismissed her as “not my type.”

He said a photo showing him with Carroll and both of their spouses at an event in 1987 was apparently an unmemorable encounter on a receiving line.

Carroll’s lawyer, Roberta Kaplan, asked Trump if he had read the book or any part of it.

“No, never did. I’ve actually never seen the book,’ he replied.

Kaplan also asked Trump about the black-and-white photo that shows him with Carroll, her husband, and Trump’s then-wife, Ivana Trump, who died last July at age 73.

Trump pointed to Carroll in the photo and said, “It’s Marla.”

“You mean Marla is in this picture?” Kaplan asked.

‘That’s Marla, yes. That’s my wife,” Trump replied, according to the transcript, apparently referring to Marla Maples, whom he married several years after the photo was taken.

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Trump’s attorney, Alina Habba, stepped in and said, “No, that’s Carroll.”

“Oh, I see,” Trump said at the time.

The transcript extracts in four dozen pages released Wednesday came a week after several dozen other pages were unsealed by the court.

Habba did not immediately comment on Wednesday. Kaplan declined to comment.

The statement was videotaped, but the recording has not been made public for two lawsuits Carroll has filed against Trump for unspecified damages.

Carroll first sued him for defamation, saying his statements damaged her reputation. In November, she filed a separate lawsuit specifying she owes rape damages, a legal avenue made possible when the state of New York enacted a temporary law allowing adult rape victims to sue their abusers even if the attacks took decades. took place ago.

On the pages opened Wednesday, Kaplan asked Trump if he was referring to Carroll’s physical appearance in photos when he said she wasn’t his type.

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“Physically she’s not my type, and now that I’ve heard things indirectly about her, she wouldn’t be my type in any way, shape or form,” he said, calling her accusation “ridiculous.”

Late in the statement, after Trump characterized Carroll as a “sick woman,” Kaplan confronted him about accusations made against him by two dozen women, asking, “They’re all sick too, aren’t they?”

Trump responded, “I don’t know any of these people or very many of them. I mean, every now and then you get — I think a lot of famous people get accused, and a lot of them are false and some of them are true. But in my case—”

“None of it is true?” Kaplan interrupted.

“I would say. I mean I don’t see any. I mean you didn’t show me anything,” Trump replied, according to the transcript.