Trump attorney Alina Habba told the jury that E. Jean Carroll does not actually live in fear, pointing to texts she sent her friend Carol Martin that were shown to the jury.
“There are two versions of Ms. Carroll — the one which her friend knew and testified to, and the one that comes to court to get money from my client,” Habba said. “Which do you believe?”
Habba said Trump does not condone the hateful messages sent to Carroll. “You heard him say he did not intend to hurt her,” she said, referring to his brief testimony on Wednesday.
The negative messages should be “universally condemned,” Habba said. “But President Trump should not have to pay for their threats. He does not condone them. He did not direct them. All he did was tell his truth.”
Carroll showed the jury the “mean tweets” she received and said her feelings were hurt, Habba said.
“She tugged on your heart strings,” Habba told the jurors. “I don’t blame her for one bit. My feelings would be hurt too. But that’s what happens when you’re a public figure.”