According to a report, the deadline for Donald Trump’s attorneys to seek his testimony in the civil lawsuit focused on a rape accusation by author E. Jean Carroll passed on Sunday, so the former President will not be called to the stand.
Even though Trump declared last week in Ireland that he might attend the court proceedings and that he may be departing soon to do so. But his legal team had previously said he would neither participate nor attend the hearings.
Judge Lewis Kaplan of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has given Trump till Sunday at 5 p.m. to make up his mind about testifying.
Trump’s refusal to testify will result in his legal team presenting no witnesses.
Reports show that Trump publicly refuted Carroll’s accusation that he had violated her in a New York City department shop in the 1990s, Carroll filed a battery and defamation lawsuit against Trump. Trump claimed Carroll lied to promote her book.
On Monday, attorneys will likely present their last arguments on the case.
Recently, Trump’s attorney Joe Tacopina questioned Carroll, pointing out that her rape charges are eerily similar to a plot point from a particular episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit from 2012.
According to a report, the person in the episode “Theatre and Tricks,” in the manner in which Carroll alleges the encounter had happened, describes a rape fantasy they had while shopping at Bergdorf Goodman.
The Bergdorf’s dressing room was the setting for the role play. One of the characters in the episode claimed he would burst in as a woman was trying on undergarments.
Carroll claims that she and Trump were in the lingerie department when Trump attacked her in the fitting room.
Even though Carroll said he was aware of the episode, she said she never really saw it. According to an article by the NY Post, Carroll reportedly remarked that the parallels between her story and the show’s premise were “amazing.”