NEW YORK: Donald Trump’s sexual assault defamation trial was delayed after a juror reported COVID symptoms Monday (Jan 22), the eve of the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary vote.
The juror in the civil case, at which Trump says he will testify, reported symptoms of fever, as did one of Trump’s lawyers who had a separate exposure, the federal court in New York heard.
“We sent him home … We will not take testimony today, we will take the day off,” said Judge Lewis Kaplan of juror number three.
Following the announcement of the delay, which will be reviewed Tuesday to determine if the case in its final stages can proceed, Trump was whisked away in a metallic black Chevrolet SUV.
E Jean Carroll, a successful writer, is seeking more than US$10 million in damages for defamation by Trump, whom another New York civil jury found liable for sexual assault against her.