Trump Rape Accuser’s Legal Team Begs Judge for Secrecy in Mysterious Late-Night Filing

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A whiff of mystery and secrecy has come to the civil trial of former President Donald Trump, who is being accused of a 1996 rape.

The suit was filed E. Jean Carroll, a former advice columnist, who is suing Trump in federal court claiming defamation over statements he made about her accusation that he had raped her in a Manhattan department store — an accusation Trump denies.

The trial began last week with Carroll’s testimony. Trump has yet to attend.

At 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, lawyers for Carroll filed a request with District Judge Lewis Kaplan to seal information that was discussed in private on Thursday.

“We write on behalf of Plaintiff E. Jean Carroll pursuant to Your Honor’s Individual Rules of Practice to seek approval to file under seal a motion and related papers,” the request stated in papers available at the legal document website CourtListener.

“On the morning of Thursday, April 27, 2023, the Court held a brief proceeding under seal concerning an issue that had arisen during trial. During that proceeding, the Court invited further briefing. Plaintiff now files such briefing and corresponding papers, and respectfully requests leave to file them under seal given the nature of the issue. Plaintiff further respectfully requests that any subsequent filings and hearings relating to Plaintiff’s motion be under seal as well,” the request read.

Attorney and legal analyst Lisa Rubin, who has been following the trial, offered some information on Twitter to fill in the gaps.

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