A New York jury on Thursday, May 9 2023, found former President of the United States of America, Donald Trump liable for sexually abusing and defaming an American former magazine writer, E Jean Carroll in the 1990s.
Carroll had accused the former US President of sexually assaulting her in New York City department store in the mid-1990s and then defaming her by dismissing her story told in 2019 memoir as a “con job”.
The nine members which awarded Ms. Carroll about $5million in compensatory and punitive damages, however, held that the ex-president did not rape her.
The jury determined that Carroll proved her sexual abuse case by a preponderance of the evidence and awarded her $2million. The six men and three women on the jury also said Trump should pay Carroll nearly $3million for defamation.
The judgement is a huge blow to the 76 year old’s campaign to retake the White House in 2024.
The writer held hands with her lawyers as the verdict was read on Tuesday. She left the courthouse smiling and wearing sunglasses, before entering a car without speaking to reporters.
Trump who did not attend the New York trial has lashed out at the judgement, describing it as “a disgrace” and a “continuation of the greatest witch hunt of all time”.
The front runner for the Republican nomination in next year’s presidential election wrote:
”I have absolutely no idea who this women is. This verdict is a disgrace -a continuation of the greatest witch hunt of all time.”
Mr. Trump’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, told reporters the jury’s decision to rule in Caroll’s favor on the rape case was “perplexing” and “strange”.
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