Trump ‘YELLED at Alina Habba, threw papers across a table and walked out of a Mar-a-Lago deposition after his legal team offered E. Jean Carroll’s lawyers lunch’

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • Carroll’s attorney Roberta Kaplan revealed details of the meeting on a podcast
  • Claims Trump flipped at his attorney for being accommodating to the legal team
  • Last week, Kaplan won her client $83.3m in damages from Trump in New York

E. Jean Carroll’s attorney says President Donald Trump threw papers across the table and stormed out of a deposition at Mar-a-Lago after learning his lawyers agreed to provide her lunch. 

Roberta Kaplan also said that Trump yelled at Alina Habba, the firebrand lawyer who has defended him in his New York cases, for being accommodating to the legal team of the magazine columnist who accused him of rape.

Last week, Kaplan scored another legal victory against the Republican presidential frontrunner when a jury ordered him to pay Carroll $83.3 million in defamation damages.

The case centered around Trump, 77, calling Carroll a liar and insisting he never met her after she claimed he sexually assaulted her in the 1990s.

In an episode of the podcast George Conway Explains it All (to Sarah Longwell) recorded Thursday, Kaplan told longtime Trump critic Conway that she rejected the former president’s request they work through a lunch break.

‘And then you could kind of see the wheel spinning in his brain. You could really almost see it,’ Kaplan said. ‘And he said, “Well, you’re here in Mar-a-Lago. What do you think you’re going to do for lunch? Where are you going to get lunch?”‘

Trump seen leaving Trump Tower to travel to the Manhattan courtroom on January 26, 2024.

Trump reportedly yelled at his lawyer Alina Habba for offering opposing counsel lunch during a deposition at Mar-a-Lago

Trump reportedly yelled at his lawyer Alina Habba for offering opposing counsel lunch during a deposition at Mar-a-Lago

While Trump wanted to work through lunch deeming the deposition a ‘waste of time,’ Kaplan said she told Trump that his attorneys had ‘graciously offered to provide’ her team with lunch.

‘At which point there was a huge pile of documents, exhibits, sitting in front of him, and he took the pile and he just threw it across the table. And stormed out of the room,’ Kaplan said. 

Trump then shouted at Habba for providing opposing counsel lunch, Kaplan added.

‘He really yelled at Alina for that. He was so mad at Alina,’ Kaplan said. DailyMail.com has reached out to Habba for comment. 

At the end of the deposition, Kaplan recalled another bizarre interaction with the former president when he said ‘see you next Tuesday,’ which taken as an acronym is a derogatory term for women. 

Kaplan said the remark seemed planned. She had come back into the room and said she was done asking questions. The other side said ‘off the record’ and then Trump ‘looks at me from across the table and he says, “See you next Tuesday.”‘

Kaplan recalled initially being confused because their next meeting was Wednesday. She said it was like a joke ‘like teenage boys would come up with.’

‘I wasn’t in on the joke, so I had no idea. Then we get into the car and my colleagues are like, “Robbie, do you know what that means?” And I’m like, “No, what are you talking about?” They tell me and I’m like, oh my God, thank God I didn’t know because had I known, I for sure would have gotten angry.’

Kaplan was at Mar-a-Lago to depose the GOP Republican presidential frontrunner in a lawsuit alleging the former president was involved in a fraudulent marketing company. A federal judge dismissed the case last month. 

But last week, Kaplan won a legal victory against Trump when a jury ordered he pay E. Jean Carroll a staggering $83.3 million for defamation after he denied raping her in a department store in 1996. The sum was three times what Carroll’s own lawyers had asked for. 

Trump, 77, insists he has never met Carroll, has consistently said she wasn't his type and has described the court case as a 'witch hunt' and 'election interference'

Trump, 77, insists he has never met Carroll, has consistently said she wasn’t his type and has described the court case as a ‘witch hunt’ and ‘election interference’

In this courtroom sketch, E Jean Carroll's attorney Roberta Kaplan gives her summation to the jury in Manhattan federal court as former President Donald Trump, far left, and E. Jean Carroll, far right, listen

In this courtroom sketch, E Jean Carroll’s attorney Roberta Kaplan gives her summation to the jury in Manhattan federal court as former President Donald Trump, far left, and E. Jean Carroll, far right, listen

Kaplan described the verdict on the podcast calling it a career-defining moment. 

I spent my whole life devoted to the principle that we have a rule of law and we have a judicial system that works,’ Kaplan said. ‘And that’s what makes us a constitutional democracy, that’s — at least until recently — was to be admired worldwide. And it was starting, I mean, it is in times looking like that may not be true.’

 She said the case validated they still have that ‘at least as of now.’ Trump has vowed to appeal the decision.

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