A New York judge on Wednesday rejected a request by former US President Donald Trump to postpone his testimony, scheduled for next week, in a defamation case against a former journalist who accuses him of rape in the years 1990, says a court document.
In this case, E. Jean Carroll, known for having been a columnist in Elle magazine, had sued Donald Trump in civil proceedings in November 2019 in a New York state court.
She accused him of defaming her for calling a “complete lie”, in June 2019, his accusations that he raped her in the fitting room of a New York department store in the mid-1990s.
The complaint has been delayed by procedural battles, including whether Donald Trump should be represented by the US government in the case as president at the time.
For Judge Lewis Kaplan, the question is not definitively settled, but it cannot delay the case any longer.