Donald Trump walked out of a Manhattan courtroom on Friday during closing arguments in his second E. Jean Carroll defamation trial.
The walkout occurred shortly after Carroll’s attorney, Roberta Kaplan said: “Donald Trump has tried to normalize conduct that is abnormal,” according to the Associated Press.
U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan–no relation to Carroll’s attorney–interrupted Kaplan’s closing argument to say “the record will reflect that Mr. Trump just rose and walked out of the courtroom.”
Carroll, a former magazine columnist, is accusing Trump of raping her in a Bergdorf Goodman department store in the mid-1990s and then defamed her when he denied her claim. A jury already found Trump liable for sexual abuse and defamation and he was ordered to pay $5 million.
This ongoing trial is to determine whether additional damages are owed for statements Trump made while serving as president in 2019.