A US jury discovered Donald Trump liable Tuesday for sexually abusing and defaming an American former journal columnist and ordered the ex-president to pay her $5 million in damages.
The 9 jurors rejected E. Jean Carroll’s accusation of rape however upheld her different complaints within the intently watched civil trial following lower than three hours of deliberations.
The decision within the lawsuit is the primary time Trump has confronted authorized penalties over sexual misconduct allegations courting again many years and involving a dozen ladies.
Carroll, 79, sued Trump final 12 months, alleging that he raped her within the altering room of the luxurious Bergdorf Goodman retailer on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue in 1996.
The previous columnist for Elle journal additionally claimed that Trump defamed her when he known as her “an entire con job” after she went public with the allegation in 2019.
Trump, the 76-year-old frontrunner for the Republican nomination in subsequent 12 months’s presidential election, has known as her case a “hoax” and “a lie.”
Carroll informed the two-week-long civil trial that the alleged assault had left her feeling “ashamed” and unable to have romantic relationships.
She stated it took her greater than 20 years to go public as a result of she was “frightened” by Trump.
Her attorneys known as to the witness stand two different ladies who testified that Trump sexually assaulted them many years in the past.
Former businesswoman Jessica Leeds informed the Manhattan federal courtroom that Trump groped her within the enterprise class part of a flight in the US within the Seventies.
Journalist Natasha Stoynoff stated Trump kissed her with out her consent throughout an interview at his Mar-a-Lago property in 2005.
Round a dozen ladies accused Trump of sexual misconduct forward of the 2016 election that despatched him to the White Home.
He has denied all of the allegations and has by no means been prosecuted over any of them. No prison case can stem from Carroll’s lawsuit.
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Trump didn’t testify in the course of the proceedings, nor did his protection staff name any witnesses.
A video of a sworn deposition he gave in October was performed to the jury. In it, Trump known as Carroll “a liar” and “actually sick individual.”
His attorneys argued that Carroll invented the allegation “for cash, for political causes, and for standing.”
She filed her lawsuit beneath a New York legislation that gave victims of sexual assault a one-year window to sue their alleged abusers many years after assaults could have occurred.
The jury was tasked with deciding whether or not Carroll’s attorneys proved her case by a preponderance of the proof, a decrease burden than prison trials which require proof past an inexpensive doubt.
The case was considered one of a number of authorized challenges going through Trump that threaten to complicate his bid to regain the presidency.
Final month, he pleaded not responsible in a prison case associated to a hush-money fee made to a porn star simply earlier than the 2016 vote.
Trump can also be being investigated over his efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss within the southern state of Georgia, his alleged mishandling of labeled paperwork taken from the White Home and his involvement within the storming of the US Capitol by his supporters on January 6, 2021.
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