Shortly after storming out of court, Trump was hit with an $83 million verdict for repeatedly defaming advice columnist E. Jean Carroll.
Trump: A previous jury found that Donald Trump had sexually assaulted advice columnist E. Jean Carroll in a department store fitting room. On Friday, the jury ordered Trump to pay an astounding $83.3 million in damages for defaming Carroll.
The jury awarded $65 million to penalize Trump, $11 million to assist Carroll in repairing her reputation, and an additional $7.3 million to make up for Carroll’s suffering.
About 20 minutes after the verdict was announced, Trump, who had already left the court, declared he would file an appeal and called the decision “absolutely ridiculous!” in a post on Truth Social.
Carroll, meanwhile, declared that it was “a huge defeat for every bully who has tried to keep a woman down and a great victory for every woman who stands up when she’s been knocked down.
The verdict, delivered on Friday by a separate jury consisting of five men and four women in Manhattan federal court, includes $65 million in damages intended to punish the 77-year-old for acting “out of hatred, ill will, or spite” by claiming to have “never met” Carroll, even though the jury found the billionaire ex-president guilty of abusing the writer inside a Manhattan Bergdorf Goodman in 1996.
During Friday morning’s closing arguments, Carroll’s lawyer, Roberta Kaplan, told the jury, “This case is about getting him to stop, once and for all.
Despite the fact that the jury found the billionaire ex-president guilty of abusing the writer inside a Manhattan Bergdorf Goodman in 1996, the 77-year-old was punished with $65 million in damages for acting “out of hatred, ill will, or spite” by claiming to have “never met” Carroll. The verdict was delivered on Friday in Manhattan federal court by a separate jury made up of five men and four women.
The panelists concluded that, in addition to paying $7.3 million, the former president must also make up for Carroll’s suffering, which she endured after receiving numerous death threats following Trump’s criticism.
After less than three hours of deliberation, the jury delivered its verdict.
Carroll and her attorneys gripped hands while they anxiously awaited the reading of the verdict, and the three of them hugged right away. Arm in arm with her attorneys, Carroll smiled as she left the courtroom but avoided answering questions from the media. She then got into a black SUV and drove off.
In a statement, Roberta Kaplan stated, “Today’s verdict proves that the law applies to everyone in our country, even the rich, even the famous, even former presidents.
Before the verdict was announced on Friday, Trump, who had been inside the Manhattan courthouse for the closing arguments, left. The award was announced while he was out of the room.
Trump wrote in his post, “I vehemently disagree with both verdicts and will be appealing this entire Biden-directed Directed Witch Hunt centered on me and the Republican Party. “The way our legal system is being used as a political weapon has gotten out of hand.
All First Amendment rights are gone. This isn’t America, he angrily declared.
As she left the courtroom, Trump’s attorney Alina Habba angrily criticized the decision, telling reporters, “Don’t get it twisted— we’re seeing a violation of our justice system, ladies and gentlemen.
Habba asserted Before the trial started, Judge Kaplan made the decision that “we were not allowed to raise every defense President Trump had in front of the jury.”
The jury deliberated for five days before reaching its decision, during which time the defendant, Donald Trump, gave a brief but memorable statement.
After Judge Lewis Kaplan ordered him to be kept on a tight leash, he could not have continued to deny sexually assaulting Carroll, especially in light of the previous year’s verdict. He testified for less than three minutes.
According to court documents, the jury in last year’s decision concluded that Trump had used his fingers to “forcibly and without consent” pierce Carroll.
Outside the court on Thursday are protestors.
Judge Kaplan threatened to remove Trump from the courtroom if he continued to disrupt the proceedings, to which Trump replied, “We would love it.”
Trump did not “direct” the internet trolls to target Carroll, according to Trump’s attorneys, so he should not be held accountable for the attacks on her.
During Friday’s closing remarks, Habba stated, “He just told his truth. He did not condone them; he did not direct them.”
However, Carroll’s lawyer, Shawn Crowley, contended in some of the last remarks jurors heard before starting their deliberations that Trump’s “truth” is a “lie.”
Crowley continued, “That may be the way Donald Trump lives his life, but that’s not how it works in a court of law.
Carroll strolls around the court on Friday. Reuters
Habba also claimed that Carroll was enjoying her newfound spotlight as a result of coming forward with her allegations, but Carroll maintained on the stand that she was bringing the current case to “get my reputation back.
Additionally, Crowley attacked Trump for believing that “rules don’t apply to him,” particularly those about the proper conduct of defendants in court.
He gets to do whatever he wants. He gets to ignore a jury verdict,” Crowley said. “You saw how he behaved during this trial. You saw him walk out of the courtroom.
Additionally, throughout the trial and up until this past Friday afternoon, Trump has not stopped disparaging Carroll on his Truth Social account.
Trump had multiple tantrums during the trial.
Crowley remarked, “He gets to use his massive platform to keep ruining her life.”
“Ask him to stop by making him pay enough.”
A nine-member jury concluded that Trump had used his fingers to “forcibly and without consent” pierce Carroll, by a decision made earlier this month by Judge Kaplan.
According to Kaplan, the jury in a civil case dismissed Trump’s allegation of rape because they were not “convinced” that Trump had pierced Carroll with his penis.
However, the judge stated that Carroll’s allegation that Trump “raped” her is also “substantially true” in the context of contemporary rape theory.