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Judge blocks Trump lawyers from arguing about columnist’s rape claim at upcoming defamation trial

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Former President Donald Trump’s lawyers were barred from presenting legal arguments to a jury assessing damages at a defamation trial.

U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan made this determination ahead of the trial, stemming from a jury’s conclusion that Trump sexually abused columnist E. Jean Carroll but did not rape her.

Trump, the frontrunner in the Republican presidential candidate race, criticized the judge and Carroll, claiming her allegations were fabricated. (Trending: Melania Trump Breaks Silence On Tragic Family Death)

The upcoming trial will focus on damages for Trump’s remarks after the previous verdict.

Carroll is seeking $10 million in compensatory damages and more in punitive damages.

Carroll’s lawyers claimed the “sting of the defamation was Mr. Trump’s assertions that Ms. Carroll’s charge of sexual abuse was an entirely untruthful fabrication and one made up for improper or even nefarious reasons.”

Trump faces other legal challenges, including criminal charges related to the 2020 election and a payoff to Stormy Daniels.

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