NEWSTrump found liable for sexual abuse in E. Jean Carroll case
Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday was found liable for sexual abuse and defamation — and ordered to pay more than $5 million in damages — by a federal jury in writer E.
Carroll, 79, held her head down as the verdict was read in Manhattan federal court — and nodded when she heard the jury finding in favor of her defamation claim for Trump, 76, br
The nine-person jury — three women and six men — decided the case after three hours of deliberations that began just before noon Tuesday.
The jurors rejected Carroll’s claim in her 2019 suit that Trump, 76, had raped her, but found him liable for sexual abuse. Carroll, 79, had accused Trump of attacking her in a fi
Jurors also found in favor of Carroll on her claim that the ex-president defamed her in a lengthy Oct. 12, 2022, Truth Social post claiming her accusations were a “hoax.”
The decision comes after eight days of trial spread over three weeks, where the jury heard from 11 witnesses including Carroll, two other Trump accusers and two pals who Carroll co
Trump did not attend the trial but the jury saw clips of his video deposition. He also didn’t call any witnesses or present any evidence.
Carroll took the witness stand for three days recounting how she ran into the real estate mogul at Bergdorf Goodman, across from Trump Tower, most likely in the spring of 1996.
Carroll — who had a successful column in Elle Magazine at the time — agreed to help Trump find a gift for a woman and the pair walked through the store flirting and exchanging
Trump led her to a desolate sixth-floor lingerie department where he tossed a see-through negligee at Carroll asking her to try it on, she claimed. But Carroll jokingly threw the l
Then Trump led her into an open fitting where he pinned her against the wall and bumped her head twice, during what she called, a “fight,” Carroll testified.
Trump then penetrated her with his fingers and later with his penis, she claimed, saying she could “still feel the pain,” of his fingers inside her.
Carroll’s lawyer Roberta Kaplan told jurors during closing arguments Monday that Leeds and Stoynoff’s claims showed that what happened to Carroll wasn’t a one-off incident.
Kaplan claimed that Trump is a habitual liar and blasted that he “didn’t even bother” to show up at trial.
Carroll’s side repeatedly brought up the infamous 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape where Trump was unwittingly recorded saying that he grabbed women “by the p—y” and that t
Trump lawyer Joe Tacopina told the jury during his closings that Carroll’s claims were a “work of fiction.”
The embattled real estate tycoon also faces criminal charges in connection to alleged hush-money payments to ex-porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal. He
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