A mysterious figure behind the sexual assault lawsuit against President Donald Trump has been brought out of the shadows, according to an explosive report.
Court records filed on Thursday revealed billionaire LinkedIn co-founder and major Democratic Party donor, Reid Hoffman, has been secretly funding E. Jean Carroll’s rape case all along, the Daily Beast reported.
The explosive revelations came to light during a heated exchange between lawyers representing Carroll and Trump, who are battling over whether to postpone the trial, which is scheduled to commence in two weeks.
However, it is not certain if Hoffman’s financial support for the Trump sexual assault lawsuit will have any influence on the outcome of the case.
But the revelation of the shady funding, which has not been disclosed until now, will cement Trump’s claims that wealthy Democrats are working against him behind the scenes in an attempt to undermine his run for the presidency.
A prominent Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Hoffman is also a major Democratic donor who made it his lifes’ mission to weaken Donald Trump’s hold over the Republican Party.
Hoffman’s anti-Trump obsession has even strained his friendship with fellow Silicon Valley figure Peter Thiel, who currently funds conservative causes and candidates.
Carroll alleges that Trump raped her in a luxury Manhattan department store’s dressing room in the 1990s.
Carroll chronicled her experience in a tell-all memoir which drew a response from Trump, who called her a liar. Carroll then sued Trump for defamation, but the case has been suspended in legal limbo ever since.
In the wake of a new rape survivor law in New York, Carroll has now filed a fresh lawsuit seeking a trial that would essentially smear Trump as he seeks a second presidential term.
“Trump lawyers Alina Habba and Joe Tacopina—who have already tried to delay the trial—are seizing on the strange nature of this 11th hour revelation to ask a federal judge to push back the trial or even open up another round of investigation before it starts,” the outlet reported.
In a letter, Trump’s legal team documented that Carroll claimed during her deposition on Oct. 14 that she wasn’t receiving financial support from anyone else. But it has now been revealed had a mystery financial backer all along.
According to Trump’s lawyers, Carroll’s team was reluctant to disclose the donor’s identity until mounting pressure from numerous phone calls revealed that it was Hoffman and a nonprofit group American Future Republic.
“The proposition that [Carroll] has suddenly ‘recollected’ the source of her funding for this high-profile litigation—which has spanned four years, spawned two separate actions, and been before numerous state, federal, and appellate courts—is not only preposterous, it is demonstrably false. Indeed, it simply defies logic to believe that [Carroll’s] attorneys—four of whom were present at her deposition—were unaware that their own firm had ‘secured additional funding from a nonprofit organization’ to bankroll their client’s various lawsuits and ensure their bills were being paid,” Trump’s attorneys noted on Thursday.
Habba and Tacopina also noted in a filing that Carroll “apparently perjured herself during her deposition; her counsel sat by and allowed her to do so, knowing full well that her testimony was false; and then they conspired to conceal the truth for nearly six months, only to disclose it on the eve of trial.”
Roberta Kaplan, Carroll’s attorney, responded immediately:
“That Carroll’s counsel was able to obtain financial support almost a year after Carroll commenced litigation against Trump has absolutely no bearing on whether Trump sexually assaulted her in Bergdorf Goodman in the mid-1990s,” she wrote. “Funding obtained by counsel is not a proper topic for discovery, let alone a relevant issue at trial.”