(DCWatchdog.com) – In a dramatic turn at the E. Jean Carroll defamation trial, former President Donald Trump clashed openly with U.S. District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan.
The New York Post reported that during Trump’s second day in the Manhattan courtroom, he was reprimanded by Kaplan for allegedly speaking loudly about Carroll while the jury deliberated on the defamation damages he owes.
Judge Kaplan, as per the Post’s report, sternly warned Trump, stating, “Mr. Trump has a right to be present here but that right can be forfeited if he is disruptive.” This warning came after Carroll’s lawyers accused the former president of calling the trial “a witch hunt” and “a con job” within the jurors’ hearing range.
Trump’s reaction was reportedly defiant. As Kaplan began to admonish him, Trump responded with a theatrical gesture, throwing his hands in the air and saying, “I would love it.” Kaplan noted Trump’s eagerness for confrontation, observing, “You just can’t control yourself in this circumstance, apparently.” Trump retorted, “You can’t either,” intensifying the courtroom tension.
On Truth Social, Trump had previously expressed his dissatisfaction with Judge Kaplan, accusing him of harboring “absolute hatred” of him.
He called for an end to what he described as an “unAmerican injustice,” defending himself against Carroll’s accusations of sexual abuse in a department store changing room in 1996. Trump insisted that he had never met, saw, or touched Carroll, dismissing the allegations as “fake.”
Trump’s legal team sought to delay the trial for his attendance at his mother Amalija Knavs’ funeral, a request Kaplan denied. The judge also refused to adjourn the trial on Thursday, suggesting Trump could testify on a different day.
The case, which has become a focal point in the media, sees Carroll seeking $10 million in damages, in addition to the $5 million ordered by a jury last spring. Trump, a leading figure in the Republican presidential primary, continues to vehemently deny Carroll’s claims, maintaining his innocence in the face of ongoing legal challenges.