Donald Trump Found Liable for Sexual Abuse and Defamation

May 13, 2023

On May 9, 2023, a New York jury found former President Donald Trump liable for sexually abusing and defaming E. Jean Carroll. The jury awarded Carroll $5 million in damages.

Carroll, a former advice columnist, accused Trump of raping her in a dressing room of the Bergdorf Goodman department store in Manhattan in the mid-1990s. Trump has denied the allegations, calling them “a lie.”

The civil trial lasted for two weeks. In its verdict, the jury found that Trump defamed Carroll by calling her a liar after she made her allegations public in 2019. The jury also found that Trump sexually abused Carroll, but it did not find that he raped her.

The verdict is a significant victory for Carroll, who has been fighting for justice for years. It is also a setback for Trump, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen women.

It is unclear what the next steps will be in the case. Trump has vowed to appeal the verdict. Carroll has said that she is “grateful” for the jury’s decision and that she hopes it will “send a message to other powerful men that they will not be able to silence their accusers.”

Background

E. Jean Carroll is a former advice columnist for Elle magazine. In June 2019, she wrote an essay in New York magazine in which she accused then-President Donald Trump of raping her in a dressing room of the Bergdorf Goodman department store in Manhattan in the mid-1990s.

Trump denied the allegations, calling them “a lie.” He also released a statement saying that Carroll was “not my type.”

Carroll filed a defamation lawsuit against Trump in December 2019. She alleged that Trump defamed her by calling her a liar after she made her allegations public.

The civil trial lasted for two weeks. In its verdict, the jury found that Trump defamed Carroll by calling her a liar. The jury also found that Trump sexually abused Carroll, but it did not find that he raped her.

Significance of the Verdict

The verdict is a significant victory for Carroll, who has been fighting for justice for years. It is also a setback for Trump, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen women.

The verdict sends a message that powerful men will not be able to silence their accusers. It also shows that the legal system can hold powerful men accountable for their actions.

What’s Next?

It is unclear what the next steps will be in the case. Trump has vowed to appeal the verdict. Carroll has said that she is “grateful” for the jury’s decision and that she hopes it will “send a message to other powerful men that they will not be able to silence their accusers.”

The appeal process could take several years. If the verdict is upheld, Trump would be required to pay Carroll $5 million in damages.

The verdict is a significant victory for Carroll and for the #MeToo movement. It shows that powerful men will not be able to silence their accusers and that the legal system can hold them accountable for their actions.

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