Jury Sides With Writer Who Says That Trump Sexually Abused Her
“Six men and three women found Donald Trump liable for sexually abusing and defaming the writer E. Jean Carroll but rejected her rape accusation.
A Manhattan jury on Tuesday found former President Donald J. Trump liable for the sexual abuse of the magazine writer E. Jean Carroll in a widely watched civil trial that sought to apply the accountability of the #MeToo era to a dominant political figure.
The federal jury of six men and three women also held Mr. Trump, 76, liable for defaming Ms. Carroll when he posted a statement on his Truth Social website in October, calling her case “a complete con job” and “a Hoax and a lie.”
The jury awarded Carroll a total of $5 million in damages
The jury found that Trump defamed Carroll.
The jury has found that Carroll did not prove Trump raped her. The jury did find that he sexually abused Carroll.
The accusation at the heart of the trial that just ended in Manhattan federal court sounds like a classic criminal case — an alleged sexual assault in the dressing room of a luxury department store.
But the jury of nine New Yorkers were not asked to decide if former president Donald J. Trump was guilty of raping the writer E. Jean Carroll as she testified he did in the mid 1990s. No criminal charges were ever brought.
A verdict has been reached in the E Jean Carroll v Trump trial, according to a court spokesman. It will be delivered at 3 p.m. today in the courtroom. The jury began deliberating today shortly before noon.
During closing arguments on Monday in the civil trial over the writer E. Jean Carroll’s accusation that former President Donald J. Trump raped her, one of her lawyers focused on the man who was missing from the courtroom.
Mr. Trump did not testify on his own behalf or even show up.“
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