(TheProudRepublic.com) – In a new case of seeming judicial repression against Donald Trump, a federal judge has threatened to force the leading GOP presidential candidate out of his courtroom for allegedly being “disruptive” during the trial on Trump’s penalty for “defaming” writer E. Jean Carroll.
During trial proceedings in New York on Wednesday, US District Judge Lewis Kaplan warned the former president he would have him removed due to disruptive behavior.
This trial aims to determine the monetary compensation owed by Trump to writer E. Jean Carroll, who accused him of defamation following her rape allegations against him, The Hill reports.
“Mr. Trump has the right to be present here. That right can be forfeited and it can be forfeited if he is disruptive, which what has been reported to me consists of. And if he disregards court orders, Mr. Trump, I hope I don’t have to consider excluding you from the trial,” Kaplan said, as cited by CNN.
The judge then acknowledged Trump’s apparent desire for this exclusion, to which Trump responded affirmatively.
“I understand you’re probably eager for me to do that,” the judge said.
“I would love it,” Trump responded.
“I know you would. You just can’t control yourself in this circumstance, apparently,” Kaplan added.
“You can’t either,” Trump declared, according to The Associated Press.
The judge’s warning came after Carroll’s lawyer complained about Trump’s behavior, including disregarding instructions to lower his voice and making audible comments to jurors.
These comments included labeling the trial a “witch hunt” and a “con job.”
Earlier, Trump had suggested that Carroll was fabricating her assault claim and questioned her memory of the event, according to Carroll’s lawyer Shawn Crowley.
Carroll alleges that Trump sexually assaulted her in a department store dressing room in 1996, a claim she publicly shared in a 2019 memoir.
She accuses Trump of publicly challenging her credibility and motives.
Trump has consistently denied these allegations, maintaining that they never met and that no assault took place.
A previous trial in May determined that Trump did sexually abuse and defame Carroll.
However, the jury concluded that Carroll had not proven her rape allegation.
Trump, who was absent from this trial, was ordered to pay $5 million in damages.
Carroll is currently seeking approximately $10 million in compensatory damages and additional punitive damages.