Alina Habba, an attorney for former President Trump, went after the judge of a New York defamation case that ruled against the former president last month, arguing he was politically biased and leading the jury against her client.
“It was like being in an epic ‘Twilight Zone’ where no rules were allowed, but for the other side,” Habba said in a Newsmax interview Tuesday.
A jury ruled last month that Trump defamed writer E. Jean Carroll over comments related to her sexual assault allegations, including repeated denials — a case that was paused after she came forward in 2019, while the former president served in the White House. He was ordered to pay $83.3 million to the former columnist.
He had also previously been held liable for sexual assault and was ordered to pay $5 million in a separate defamation case.
Habba claimed that Carroll was only after money.
“[Carroll] goes out there and gloats and so she’s gonna buy France and a wardrobe and a motorcycle,” she said. “Listen, that I want everyone to remember — and I said this in my closing argument to the jury — She’s here to get a check.”
“And after this, she will continue,” Habba added. “She didn’t care about defamation. She only cared about the publicity.”
The attorney also alleged that the judge disallowed notable evidence from the case and prevented the jury from making a fair opinion, adding that she thinks they suffered from “Trump Derangement Syndrome.”
“Unfortunately, when you block a jury from seeing video footage, tweets that prove our case, when you block them from letting us have an expert, but they can have one … it is so obvious,” she said. “Then that jury is going to believe whatever the judge is leading them to believe.”
Habba pledged to appeal the ruling and said she is confident Trump will prevail.