NEW YORK - Donald Trump was threatened with expulsion from his Manhattan civil trial Wednesday after he repeatedly ignored a warning to keep quiet while writer E. Jean Carroll testified that he shattered her reputation after she accused him of sexual abuse.
Judge Lewis A. Kaplan told the former president that his right to be present at the trial will be revoked if he remains disruptive. After an initial warning, Carroll's lawyer said Trump could still be heard making remarks to his lawyers, including ''it is a witch hunt'' and ''it really is a con job.''
''Mr. Trump, I hope I don't have to consider excluding you from the trial,'' Kaplan said in an exchange after the jury was excused for lunch, adding: ''I understand you're probably very eager for me to do that.''