Donald Trump Tries To Ban Access Hollywood Tape From Rape Trial

Trump’s legal team is believed to want to hide and dismiss evidence that could incriminate their client and seal his fate.

BYGabriel Bras Nevares
Donald Trump Tries To Ban Access Hollywood Tape From Rape Trial

Former president Donald Trump and his legal team tried to ban his infamous Access Hollywood tape from his rape trial. For those who don't remember, Trump bragged about "doing whatever you want" and grabbing women "by the p***y." Moreover, his attorneys Alina Habba and Michale Madaio requested a ban of the tape based on court papers obtained Thursday (February 16). Furthermore, they called it “irrelevant and highly prejudicial,” and that it “might unjustly be used to suggest to jurors that Trump had a propensity for sexual assault and therefore must have raped Carroll.” Also, they want references to it blocked alongside the tape itself, which surfaced when he first ran for President.

PALM BEACH, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 31: Former U.S. President Donald Trump arrives for a New Years event at his Mar-a-Lago home on December 31, 2022 in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump continues to run for a second term as the President of the United States. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Not only are these requests questionably obfuscating trial, but the clip formed part of people's perception of him years ago. As such, it's hard to imagine a judge or jury ignore his words, however banned. “I’m automatically attracted to beautiful [women]," Trump told Access Hollywood host Billy Bush in 2005. "I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the p***y. You can do anything.”

Furthermore, the former Commander in Chief's legal team also sought to block testimonies from two women who accused Trump of sexual misconduct. Moreover, 26 women accused him over the years, and he denied any and all claims. For this specific case, whose civil suit begins in April, writer E. Jean Carroll said Trump assaulted her in a department store in the mid-'90s. While Trump said she was lying and not his "type," he mistook her for his ex-wife Marla Maples during an October deposition.

Meanwhile, ex-wife Ivana Trump reportedly said in a 1990 divorce deposition that Trump assaulted her the year prior. However, she later claimed that she accused him, but not in the "literal or criminal sense." Even considering that, 26 stories risk being ignored in trial, and the court's decision on these tape bans could make or break Trump's accountability. Come back to HNHH for the latest news on Donald Trump and whether his trial will look at the full picture.


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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.