Roberta Kaplan — who most recently represented E. Jean Carroll — also claimed the former president lobbed a derogatory phrase at her as she left the Mar-a-Lago meeting, telling her, "See you next Tuesday"
Roberta Kaplan, an attorney who has taken on multiple cases against Donald Trump, said the former president once threw a fit during a deposition at Mar-a-Lago after his legal team offered to cater her lunch.
During an appearance on the George Conway Explains it All (to Sarah Longwell) podcast, Kaplan detailed the alleged incident, saying that it happened while Kaplan was gathering testimony for a lawsuit in which the former president was accused of working with a fraudulent marketing company. She said, per CNN, that Trump had wanted to work through the lunch break, but she had turned down his offer.
"And then you could kind of see the wheel spinning in his brain. You could really almost see it,” Kaplan said, per the outlet. “And he said, ‘Well, you’re here in Mar-a-Lago. What do you think you’re going to do for lunch? Where are you going to get lunch?’”
The attorney, who also recently represented E. Jean Carroll in her sexual abuse and defamation cases against Trump, said she then informed the former president that his legal team had “graciously offered to provide” her and her colleagues with lunch, prompting him to snap.
“There was a huge pile of documents, exhibits, sitting in front of him, and he took the pile and he just threw it across the table. And stormed out of the room,” Kaplan claimed on the podcast.
Kaplan added that Trump’s lawyer Alina Habba faced the brunt of the consequences for that. “He really yelled at Alina for that. He was so mad at Alina,” she said.
She added Trump eventually returned asking her how she “liked the lunch,” to which she responded, “You know, I can never really eat when I’m taking testimony.”
“And he said, ‘Well, I told you,’ — it was kind of charming. He said, ‘I told you, I told them to make you really bad sandwiches, but they can’t help themselves here. We have the best sandwiches,’" Kaplan recalled.
She also claimed that Trump lobbed a derogatory phrase at her as she was leaving, telling her “See you next Tuesday,” when they had a meeting on Wednesday instead, per CNN. She said her colleagues had told her about the phrase’s true meaning afterward.
Kaplan’s comments come a week after she helped Carroll, a former Elle columnist, win a high-profile defamation case against Trump. He was ordered to pay Carroll $83.3 million as punishment for disparaging her in 2019 and denying that he sexually assaulted her in the 1990s.
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An anonymous federal jury made up of seven men and two women awarded Carroll $18.3 million in compensatory damages, $11 million to repair her reputation, and $7.3 million for the emotional harm Trump's defamatory statements caused, CNN reports. The remaining $65 million covered punitive damages for allegedly acting maliciously when making the statements.
Trump quickly denounced the verdict on Truth Social, calling it "absolutely ridiculous" and said that he would appeal the decision.
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