Trump attorney Alina Habba is questioning E. Jean Carroll about her income before and after her 2019 book that contained the sexual assault allegations involving Donald Trump.
Habba asked Carroll about her income today, and she said she makes about $100,000 from Substack posts – an online publishing platform, and some income from her books. Habba then asked her to confirm that’s more than what she was making in 2018 at Elle for her column.
Carroll has testified she made $60,000 at Elle before she left in 2019, though she has said she made as much as $400,000 in one year at her peak in the 1990s.
Habba’s line of questioning focuses on the idea that Carroll’s once lucrative career fizzled by 2018, and that’s when she decided to write a book including the Trump allegations.
Habba also pressed Carroll again about the messages she received in the five hours between the release of her story in New York Magazine’s “The Cut” on June 21, 2019, which contained her sexual assault allegations, and when Trump’s statement denying the allegations was posted on social media. Trump’s lawyer is reviewing some negative tweets Carroll received in that time.
When Carroll looked at her social media feedback later that night, she said she didn’t distinguish the timing of messages she received as before and after Trump responded to the story.
“No, there were so many I did not focus on the time. There were so many,” she said.
After Alina Habba read several scathing tweets into the record Carroll’s lawyer said she’d be willing to stipulate that her client received “nasty tweets” before Trump released his statement the day the story came out.