Trump will not testify in New York rape, defamation trial

Carroll, a former Elle columnist has accused Trump of raping her

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Former President Donald Trump won't take the stand in writer E. Jean Carroll's civil defamation and battery case against him. District Judge  Lewis Kaplan on Thursday gave Trump until Sunday to testify. On Friday, Trump had said that he wouldn't testify. The Sunday afternoon deadline passed without Trump filing a motion to reopen the case. 

Jurors watching Donald Trump's video deposition Thursday heard the former president deride Carroll as a "nut job" and "mentally sick," and an expert estimated that Trump could have caused nearly $3 million in damage to the accuser's reputation. 

Carroll, a former Elle columnist has accused Trump of raping her at the New York luxury store Bergdorf Goodman in the 1990s. He then defamed her when he denied her claims and later said that she made up the story to boost sales of her book. He also said that she was not his 'type'. Trump has denied all wrongdoing. 

Carroll said Trump and her ran into each other, got into lighthearted banter about trying on lingerie and went jokingly into the fitting room, where he slammed the door and suddenly became violent. Both Trump and Carroll's attorneys are expected to present their closing remarks on Monday. The trial takes place amid Trump seeking the Oval Office for a third time.

-- With PTI inputs

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