Donald Trump asks for mistrial in NYC civil rape case, saying judge has been ‘unfair’
Donald Trump has moved to have his New York City civil rape trial tossed, complaining Monday that the judge hasn’t given him a fair shake.
In an early-morning court filing, Trump lawyer Joe Tacopina accused Judge Lewis Kaplan of unfairly sustaining a bevy of objections from Carroll’s lawyer on grounds they were argumentative.
Tacopina said Kaplan has made “pervasive unfair and prejudicial rulings” in the case on trial for a week.
Tacopina said it wasn’t fair that Kaplan allowed Carroll to describe to the jury of a vengeful Trump having two tables of lawyers when she “has a comparable amount of lawyers.”
Trump also complained that Kaplan would allow Natasha Stoynoff to testify without his lawyers questioning her first outside of the jury’s presence. Stoynoff had accused Trump of forcing his tongue down her throat when she interviewed him at Mar-a-Lago for People Magazine in 2005.
Carroll, 79, is suing Trump for sexual battery and defamation claims for the sexual assault she says happened inside Bergdorf Goodman in the mid-1990s. Trump denies the allegations and has accused Carroll of making them up to sell a book and destroy him politically.
Trump’s lawyers have argued that if Stoynoff doesn’t say Trump groped her genitals, her testimony isn’t warranted. He also says it was unfair that Trump’s lawyers couldn’t grill a Bergdorf employee about Carroll’s efforts to track down security footage.
Among other arguments, Tacopina asked Kaplan to toss the case or “correct the record for each and every instance in which the court has mischaracterized the facts of this case to the jury.”
Carroll continues on cross-examination with Tacopina on Monday.