He said he didn’t know her, she wasn’t his type and that she was likely making false claims to promote sales of her book and for political reasons.
Ms Carroll, 80, is expected to testify at next week’s trial, projected to last about a week, that Trump’s remarks subjected her to ridicule and threats and damaged her career and reputation. She is seeking $10 million in compensatory damages and substantially more in punitive damages.
Trump, 77, the leading Republican contender in this year’s presidential race, is listed as a witness for the trial, but he did not show up at last year’s trial and it is unknown whether he will testify.
As part of his ruling Tuesday, the judge also ruled Mr Trump’s lawyers cannot introduce evidence or argument “suggesting or implying” that former president did not sexually assault Ms Carroll, that she fabricated her account of the assault or that she had financial and political motivations to do so.