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A date for former President Donald Trump's trial over the claim that he raped writer E. Jean Carroll has been set despite his attempts to postpone it.
In a Tuesday afternoon ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Lewis A. Kaplan ordered the trial to begin on April 25. Kaplan had initially set the trial for April 10 in a ruling last year.
Earlier in the day, the judge lost his patience as Trump's attorneys sought a six-week delay from the proposed trial date in mid-April.
"Things keep happening in this case involving your client," the judge said. "I would be a fool not to take that into account."
Carroll first sued Trump for defamation in 2019 after he denied raping her in the mid-1990s. Last year, she used New York's newly-passed sexual assault law giving survivors a one-time chance to sue beyond the statute of limitations.
Actor Alec Baldwin's legal team has filed a motion to disqualify the special prosecutor overseeing the case where a on-set cinematographer was shot and killed during the filming of the movie "Rust," CNN reports.
Baldwin's attorney filed a motion saying Andrea Reeb's involvement in the case is "unconstitutional" under New Mexico law since she is an elected official in the New Mexico House of Representatives.
“The special prosecutor in this case, Andrea Reeb, is a member of the New Mexico House of Representatives. Under Section 1 of Article III of the New Mexico Constitution, however, a sitting member of the Legislature may not ‘exercise any powers properly belonging’ to either the executive or judicial branch,” the motion states.
Baldwin was criminally charged in connection with the 2021 incident where cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. was fatally shot by a live round that had apparently been chambered inside a prop gun that Baldwin was holding. Also charged was the set’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez Reed.
An unsealed court filing revealed that twice Donald Trump mixed up his ex-wife Marla Maples with E. Jean Carroll, who is alleging he raped her and has since defamed her.
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow requested that the documents be unsealed, "Law & Crime" revealed on Tuesday. In the past, Trump alleged that he couldn't have raped Carroll because she was "not my type." He claimed Carroll was "too ugly to rape." But court documents indicate that he couldn't tell the difference between Carroll and his wife in the mid-1990s.
“When confronted with the photo of Carroll and himself from a party before the rape, Trump twice misidentified Carroll as his ex-wife Marla Maples, insisting it was Maples smiling at him in the photo, when in fact the woman he was pointing to was Carroll herself,” Carroll's lawyer said, according to the documents.
“That’s Marla, yeah,” Trump said. “That’s my wife.”
“Which woman are you pointing to?” asked the lawyer.
Trump attorney Alina Habba prompted her client, “No, that’s Carroll.”
“Oh, I see,” Trump claimed.
Carroll's lawyer, Roberta Kaplan wrote in court documents, “Ultimately, Trump’s lawyer had to correct his mistake (which obviously undercut any assertion that Carroll was not ‘his type’)."
She also accused Trump of proclaiming politics without even knowing anything about the situation or Carroll and her story.
Trump testified that he didn't have to reach out to Bergdorf Goodman's after the accusations because "it didn't happen." When asked if he knew the party Carroll belonged to, he confessed he didn't.
“Trump continuously insulted Carroll in his deposition, stating: ‘It’s a big, fat hoax. She’s a liar and she’s a sick person in my opinion. Really sick,'” the filing continues. It went on to cite a list of Trump's accusations from being a "sick person" or "deranged" and all about selling books. He accused her of being mentally unstable, a "wack job" and "nut job."
Trump claimed that Carroll has a pattern of falsely accusing men of sexual misconduct, but failed to produce any evidence of the claim.
“It’s what I heard,” Trump said.
“From whom had you heard it?” the lawyer asked.
“I don’t know. I don’t know," Trump shot back.