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Ex-Trump aide gets emotional at hush-money trial

Update : 04 May 2024, 10:34

Former White House aide Hope Hicks became emotional towards the end of her testimony Friday afternoon during former US President Donald Trump's hush-money trial.

Ms Hicks served as Mr Trump's campaign spokesperson during 2016 and was a close confidante.

Mr Trump pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records to conceal the payment.

He has denied all wrongdoing.  Ms Hicks served as the Trump campaign's press secretary and held two stints as the White House communications director. She said after taking the stand in the New York courtroom: "I'm really nervous.''

Ms Hicks also teared up at one point on the stand after a Trump lawyer asked if a White House position had been created so she could come on board. She returned after taking a short break.

Hicks testified about her experience working with the former president and learning of the Access Hollywood tape recorded in 2005 that shows Mr Trump saying he could "grab women" by their genitals because he was famous. It surfaced weeks before the 2016 presidential election.

Ms Hicks started her testimony by answering questions about the events surrounding the tape's release.

She said at the time she was "a little stunned" to hear the tape and added she had "the sense that this was going to be a massive story". 

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