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Carroll lawyer says Trump stormed out of deposition because his team agreed to feed her lunch

Roberta Kaplan, an attorney who has handled several cases against former President Trump, said Trump once became enraged after his defense team offered her lunch during a deposition.

“He said, ‘Well, you’re here at Mar-a-Lago. What are you going to have for lunch? Where are you going to have lunch?'” Kaplan, who represented accuser E. Jean Carroll, spoke on a podcast released this week.

Kaplan said she told him that Trump’s legal team had “kindly” offered to provide lunch for her team at the Palm Beach club that Trump calls home.

“At that moment, there was a huge pile of documents and exhibits in front of him, and he picked up the pile and threw it on the table. Then he stormed out of the room,” Kaplan said on the podcast. told Hosts George Conway and Sarah LongwellBoth are Republicans and vocal critics of Trump.

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment.

A jury last week awarded Carroll $83.3 million in a defamation lawsuit against Trump, on top of the $5 million she was previously awarded in an earlier lawsuit in which she found the former president responsible for sexual assault. Ta. Mr. Trump has denied assaulting the author.

The Mar-a-Lago deposition was in an unrelated case against Trump.

Kaplan recalled that after the lunch break, the former president returned to the witness room and asked Kaplan how the meal was.

“And I said, ‘Well, I ate a banana. You really can’t eat when you’re testifying.’ And he said, ‘Yeah, I told you so.’ It was fascinating. He said, “I told you, I told you to make a really bad sandwich, and they can’t do anything about it here.” We have the best sandwiches,” Kaplan said.

The deposition was in response to a class action lawsuit filed over a marketing scheme that exploited the reality show “The Apprentice.” The lawsuit was dismissed.

Mr. Kaplan also represented Mr. Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, in a dismissed lawsuit accusing her uncle of fraud and misappropriation of her inheritance.

Kaplan called the Carroll decision, which Trump is expected to appeal, the most important accomplishment of his career.

“I have dedicated my life to the principles that our country has the rule of law and a functioning justice system,” she said. “And that’s what makes us a constitutional democracy, and it’s something that, at least until recently, should be celebrated around the world. And it was starting to look like it might not be true. The time has come.”

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