In deposition played in court, Trump says stars often sexually assault women ‘unfortunately or fortunately’

By | May 4, 2023

Politico reports:

In the deposition, conducted at Mar-a-Lago in October, [E. Jean Carroll’s attorney, Roberta] Kaplan asked Trump about the “Access Hollywood” tape, a recording from 2005 in which Trump can be heard saying, “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything,” adding: “Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”

“Well, historically that’s true with stars,” Trump replied after watching a clip of his comments.

When Kaplan pressed him on whether he stood by the statement that a star could “grab them by the pussy,” the former president said: “Well, I guess if you look over the last million years, that’s been largely true — not always true, but largely true, unfortunately or fortunately.”

“And you consider yourself to be a star?” she asked.

“I think so, yeah,” Trump said.

During the deposition, Kaplan questioned him about several other women who have accused him of sexual assault, women Trump has characterized as not being his “type.”

Growing belligerent, Trump told Kaplan herself that “you wouldn’t be a choice of mine, either, to be honest.” He added: “I wouldn’t in any circumstances have any interest in you.”

Trump has defended himself by saying Carroll, too, isn’t his “type,” but earlier in the deposition, after he was shown a photograph of himself engaging with Carroll at a party, he confused the image of her with that of one of his ex-wives, Marla Maples.

“It’s Marla,” he said, looking at the photo. “That’s Marla, yeah. That’s my wife.”

“I take it the three women you’ve married are all your type?” Kaplan asked him later. “Yeah,” he replied. [Continue reading…]