Former US President Donald Trump has answered questions under oath in a lawsuit brought against him by an advice columnist E. Jean Carroll, who alleges he raped her 3 decades ago.
Carroll alleges the attack took place in a New York luxury department store dressing room in the mid-1990s but Trump denied the claim saying Ms Carroll was lying, prompting her to sue him for defamation.
“We’re pleased that on behalf of our client, E Jean Carroll, we were able to take Donald Trump’s deposition today,” a spokesperson for law firm Kaplan Hecker & Fink said.
“We are not able to comment further.”
Trump’s attorney, Alina Habba, said in a statement: “As we have said all along, my client was pleased to set the record straight today.
“This case is nothing more than a political ploy like many others in the long list of witch hunts against Donald Trump.”
She said she was helping him pick out a gift and the two of them ended up in a dressing room, where she alleges that he raped her. She says she was 52 and he was around 50, and Trump was married to Marla Maples at the time.
At the time, Carroll also said she told two friends about the incident. One advised her to go to the police, but the other warned her to keep quiet, saying: “Forget it! He has 200 lawyers. He’ll bury you.”
She then filed a defamation lawsuit against Mr Trump while he was US president, saying his comments had harmed her reputation.
More than a dozen women have previously made sexual misconduct allegations against Mr Trump, which he has denied.