Debra Katz Speaks to The New York Times Following E. Jean Carroll Verdict

May 10, 2023

Debra Katz was recently quoted in a new article from the New York Times, “Carroll, Clothes, and Credibility.”

Following Carroll’s victory in her lawsuit against Trump, who was found liable for sexual battery and defamation, The New York Times noted that her courtroom fashion choices were modest, modern, and neutral. When asked about the reason behind these choices, Ms. Katz noted that optics are vital in any case involving sexual harassment or assault.

“Optics are critically important in cases of sexual assault and sexual harassment because you have people looking for anything that suggests a victim asked for it or wants attention,” Ms. Katz said. “You have to overcome gender bias and preconceptions about who gets assaulted, and that means presenting a plaintiff in a serious way that does not distract from the testimony.”

Read the full article here.

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