Jury finds Donald Trump responsible for sexual abuse and awards accuser £4 million
The jury in the civil rape trial of E Jean Carroll against Donald Trump found him responsible for his sexual abuse of her, but not for rape. It was also discovered that the former president defamed the magazine’s columnist.
He has been awarded a total of $5 million in one payment after all nine jurors reached a unanimous verdict in less than three hours.
Both sides filed closing arguments in a Manhattan courthouse on Monday, with Carroll’s attorney, Roberta Kaplan, saying: “In a real sense, Donald Trump is a witness against himself.”
Trump’s attorney, Joe Tacopina, responded that while the former president’s “grab ’em by the cunt” comments in the infamous access to hollywood are “gross” and “disgusting”, he stated, “that doesn’t make Ms. Carroll’s incredible story believable”.
As Judge Lewis Kaplan instructed the jury, the former president falsely claimed that he had not been given an opportunity to defend himself against the allegations.
Carroll has claimed that Trump raped her in a dressing room at the Bergdorf Goodman department store in the 1990s.
In reaction to the verdict, Mr. Trump posted an angry speech in all caps on Truth Social falsely claiming that he did not know Ms. Carroll. She said the world “finally knows the truth.”
E Jean Carroll: ‘The world finally knows the truth’
“We are very happy,” the 79-year-old told reporters outside the courthouse before leaving in a black van Tuesday afternoon.
Bevan Hurley reports from lower manhattan.
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