Former President Donald Trump walks out of court during closing arguments of defamation trial

January 26, 2024

Now sit down,” the judge told Habba, who immediately complied. Trump, who was not required to attend the civil lawsuit proceedings, had appeared agitated all morning, vigorously shaking his head as Kaplan’s closing arguments got underway. During her closing, Roberta Kaplan told jurors that the current case was not about a sexual assault. The current jury will only determine whether additional damages are owed for statements Trump made in June 2019 while he was president. Her claim that Trump raped her was rejected by last year’s jury, though it agreed she was sexually abused.